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Land Policy & Practice

Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP11)
“A stronger UNCCD for a Land-Degradation Neutral World”

16-27 September 2013 | Windhoek, Namibia

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Highlights for Monday, 16 September 2013
UNFCCC

The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 11) opened on Monday afternoon, 16 September 2013, in Windhoek, Namibia. Welcoming delegates, COP 11 President, Uahekua Herunga, Minister of Environment and Tourism of Namibia, highlighted his country’s commitment to addressing desertification, land degradation and drought. Delegates also heard opening statements by COP 10 President Don Koo Lee, Minister of Korea Forest Service and UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja, as well as regional groups and civil society organizations.

Also taking place on Monday afternoon were four side events on: implementing UNCCD objectives – experiences from research; new tools to measure carbon and the GEF’s experience in applying the tools; variability matters in desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) and sustainable land management (SLM) – Namibian farming in a variable environment; and challenges and solutions to managing the spread of invasive prosopis in dryland ecosystems.

L-R: Luc Gnacadja, UNCCD Executive Secretary, welcoming H.E. Uahekua Herunga, Minister of
Environment and Tourism of Namibia as the newly elected President of COP 11
 
OPENING PLENARY
 
   
The dais during opening plenary with Rajeb Boulharouf, UNCCD Secretariat; Luc Gnacadja, UNCCD Executive Secretary; Don Koo
Lee
, COP 10 President, Republic of Korea; and Sonia Elliott, UNCCD Secretariat
   
 
Don Koo Lee, COP 10 President,
Republic of Korea
 
Uahekua Herunga, COP 11 President,
Namibia
 
Luc Gnacadja, UNCCD Executive Secretary
   
View of the UNCCD COP 11 opening plenary
   
 
STATEMENTS
 
Thomas Tichelmann, EU
Mamadou Honadia, Burkina Faso, on
behalf of the African Group
Brij Mohan Singh Rathore, India, on
behalf of the Asia-Pacific Group
 
Ashot Vazdevanyan, Armenia, on
behalf of the Central and Eastern
European States
Victoria Haraseb, Working Group of
Indigenous Minorities in Southern Africa,
on behalf of civil society organizations
Jason Williams, Antigua and Barbuda, on
behalf Latin America and Caribbean
Group
 
UNCCD COP 11 SNAPSHOTS
 
Windhoek Country Club Resort, Namibia, venue of the UNCCD COP 11
 
COP 11 local staff in traditional Namibian national attire
 
Participants from the press being briefed by Luc
Gnacadja
, UNCCD Executive Secretary
L-R: Luc Gnacadja, UNCCD Executive Secretary; Uahekua Herunga,
COP 11 President, Namibia, and Wagaki Mwangi, UNCCD Secretariat
 
Side event on “Implementing UNCCD objectives - experiences from research” presented by the German
Federal Ministry of Education and Research and DesertNet International
 
Katheryn Jimenez, UNCCD Secretariat, registering a participant to the UNCCD COP 11
 
L-R: Bongani Masuku, Swaziland; Susan Mulaudzi, South Africa; Sibongile
Mavimbela
, Southern African Development Community (SADC); and Alex
Banda
, SADC
 
 
Onno Hückmann, Ambassador of Germany to Namibia, with participants from Germany
 
L-R: María Nery Urquiza, Cuba; Antonio Pabillones, Cuba; and Ambassadors Carlos Manuel Rojas Lago, Cuba; Agustinus Sumartono, Indonesia; and Juan Carlos Barrios, Venezuela
 
 
L-R: Silvino Tejada and Samuel Contreras, the Philippines
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Related Links
UNCCD resources

*COP11 website

*COP11 annotated agenda

*COP11 documents

*CST 11 provisional annotated agenda

*CST 11 documents

*CRIC 12 provisional agenda

*CRIC 12 documents

*Host country website


IISD RS resources

*IISD RS coverage of the UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference, CST S-3 and CRIC 11, 9-12 and 15-19 April 2013, Bonn, Germany

*IISD RS coverage of UNCCD COP 10, 10-21 October 2011, Changwon City, Republic of Korea

*IISD RS summary of UNCCD CST S-2 and CRIC 9, 16-18 and 21-25 February 2011, Bonn, Germany (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

IISD RS coverage of 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

*Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) coverage of desertification negotiations

*LAND-L - A news and announcement list on land policy issues

*Land Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Addressing Sustainable Land

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news<

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