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UNCCD COP 11: Science at the forefront within the Convention

Published: 13 October 2013

CSFD actively participated to the 2nd week of the 11th UNCCD Conference of the Parties (COP11, Windhoek, 16-27 September 2013). CSFD documentation has also been widely disseminated through its stand.

COP11 1st week ended with the adoption of nine CST decisions by Parties concerning, among others, impact indicators’ development, knowledge management improvement, including best practices for combating desertification. The most innovative decision concerns the creation of a Science Policy Interface (SPI) integrated to the Convention. Based on AGSA proposals, SPI is composed of 23 members and will have the mission of translating scientific results (including those from UNCCD conferences) into recommendations for policy makers. The 1st week also ended with a dialogue session with civil society organizations on the theme of resource mobilization to support UNCCD implementation through the creation of effective partnerships between national and international actors.

The 2nd week of COP11 began with the high-level Segment (23 & 24 September). The French Ambassador for Environment, Jean-Pierre Thébault, took part in the round table on "Economic dimensions of desertification, land degradation and restoration". He pointed out (among others) the importance of supporting Science in the convention, particularly thescientific conferences. Furthermore, it was agreed that an intersessional working group will review the concept of “land degradation neutral world”, originating from the Rio + 20 Conference.

The 3rd UNCCD scientific conference, organized by the STK4SD consortium (lead by Agropolis International) will be held no later than April 2015. If no country offers to host it, this conference will be held in Bonn (UNCCD headquarters). The Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the UNCCD Secretariat and STK4SD consortium on September 27, 2013.

COP also decided on the theme to be addressed at the 4th scientific conference (2016 or 2017): "how to achieve land degradation neutrality in a sustainable development context".

At the closing of COP11, Turkey has formally proposed to host C0P12 in 2015.

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