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Tenth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

10-21 October 2011 | Changwon, Republic of Korea
 
Highlights for Monday, 10 October 2011
 
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UNCCD COP 10
Korean traditional musicians entertained participants during the opening plenary of the UNCCD COP 10.
 

The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 10) opened on Monday afternoon, 10 October 2011, in Changwon, Gyeongnam, Republic of Korea, with a welcoming ceremony. COP 10 delegates then participated in an afternoon opening session, during which they elected Bureau members and heard opening statements by the COP 10 President, UNCCD Executive Secretary and regional and interest group representatives.

L-R: The dais during the opening plenary with Kim Du Kwan, Governor, Gyeongsangnam-do Province, Republic of Korea; Suh Kyu-yong, Minister for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Republic of Korea; Luc Gnacadja, UNCCD Executive Secretary; Don Koo Lee, Minister, Korea Forest Service, Republic of Korea; José Ramón Cueva, Director of Soil Conservancy, Argentina.
 
 
OPENING PLENARY:
 
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UNCCD COP 10 participants watched a short film presented by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Cinematographer and Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
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Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Cinematographer and Goodwill Ambassador for UNEP
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Suh Kyu-yong, Minister for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Republic of Korea
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Kim Du Kwan, Governor, Gyeongsangnam-do Province, Republic of Korea
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Don Koo Lee, Minister, Korea Forest Service, Republic of Korea, being briefed by UNCCD Secretariat.
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L-R: Luc Gnacadja, UNCCD Executive Secretary, in a conversation with José Ramón Cueva, Argentina.
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Luc Gnacadja, UNCCD Executive Secretary
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José Ramón Cueva, Argentina, speaking on behalf of Argentina's Secretary of Environment Juan José Mussi, President of COP 9.
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Don Koo Lee, Minister, Korea Forest Service, Republic of Korea
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L-R: Don Koo Lee, Minister, Korea Forest Service, Republic of Korea, officially accepts the COP 10 presidency from José Ramón Cueva, Argentina, on behalf of Argentina's Secretary of Environment Juan José Mussi, President of COP 9.
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STATEMENTS BY REGIONAL AND INTEREST GROUPS:
 
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Adriana Dembowska, Poland, on behalf of the EU and its member States.
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Naser Moghadasi, Iran, speaking on behalf of Asia and the Pacific Region.
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Federico Navia, Argentina, speaking on behalf of G-77/ China.
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Yuriy Kolmaz, Ukraine, speaking on behalf of Central and Eastern European States.
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Abdelkader Khalifa, Algeria, speaking on behalf of the African Group
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Mariano Espinoza Camacho, Costa Rica, speaking on behalf of GRULAC.
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Sylvie Martin, International Fund for Agricultural Development.
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Kwon Byong Hyon, Future Forest
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Delegates from Germany and the Republic of Korea
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Delegates from Kenya consulting
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AROUND THE UNCCD COP 10:
 
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Delegates from Small Island States and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme.
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L-R: Youth volunteers from the Korea Forest Service with Seung Bum-whang; You Jeong-Kim; Su Hyeon-chot; Yeon Woo-chot.
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Local youth participants
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Melina Tenbrock, UNCCD Secretariat, posing with Korean local staff in their traditional dress.
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Related Links
UNCCD resources
*Meeting web site
*COP 10 annotated agenda
*COP 10 documents
*CRIC 10 annotated agenda
*CRIC 10 documents
*CST 10 annotated agenda
*CST 10 documents

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS summary of the Second Special Session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-2) of the UNCCD and CRIC 9, 16-18 and 21-25 February 2011, Bonn, Germany (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
IISD RS coverage of the Ninth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 9), 21 September - 2 October 2009, Buenos Aires, Argentina
*IISD RS coverage of UNCCD CST S-1 and CRIC 7, 3-14 November 2008, Istanbul, Turkey
*IISD RS coverage of UNCCD High-Level Policy Dialogue, 27 May 2008, Bonn, Germany
*IISD RS summary of the First Extraordinary Session of the Conference of the Parties (ESCOP) to the UNCCD, 26 November 2007, UN headquarters, New York, United States of America (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of UNCCD COP 8, 3-14 September 2007, Madrid, Spain
*IISD RS coverage of UNCCD CRIC 5, 12-21 March 2007, Buenos Aires, Argentina
*IISD RS coverage of UNCCD COP 7, 17-28 October 2005, Nairobi, Kenya
*IISD RS archive of sustainable development meetings
*Coverage of previous UNCCD COPs, CRIC and other related meetings by IISD-RS
*LAND-L - A news and announcement list on land policy issues
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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