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UNCCD COP-2

THE SECOND MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES TO THE U.N. CONVENTION TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION

Hotel Meridien President,
Dakar, Senegal
30 November - 11 December  1998

BRIEFING - 12 December

DAILY COVERAGE

The closing Plenary convened on Friday, 11 December to adopt the draft decisions submitted by the COW. The delegates considered the Report of the Bureau on the credentials of delegates; the recommendations of the CST; the outstanding rules of procedure; the designation of a permanent secretariat and arrangements for its functioning; adjustment to the convention budget and programme for 1999; review of the extrabudgetary funding situation; medium term strategy of the Secretariat programme of work for COP-3 and COP-4; review of the implementation of the Convention; Review of the report of the Global Mechanism; promotion and strengthening of relationships with other relevant conventions; procedures and institutional mechanism for the resolution of questions regarding implementation; and annexes on arbitration an conciliation procedures.

On outstanding recommendations from the Committee on Science and Technology, CST Chair Jabbari noted that the draft decision was a result of intense consultations and reflects the consensus reached. He said that theme chosen for COP-3 is "early warning systems in their broadest sense," which includes water management and protection. The COP adopted the decision. Chair Jabarri also informed the Plenary of the experts recommended to constitute an ad hoc group on traditional knowledge. The list was adopted.

Please note: the summary issue of the ENB's coverage of the CCD COP-2, including coverage of the final day and analysis of the conference, will be available on Monday, 14 December.

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Photo highlights from the Closing Plenary

Delegates and NGO representatives waiting for the final Plenary to begin.
Souty Touré, Senegal's Minister of Environment and Protection of Nature presided over the adoption of the COP's decisions.

Indonesia, on behalf of the G-77/China, particularly emphasized the partnership that both his Group and its partners enjoyed during the session and called for international cooperation on financial support and technology transfer. He also commended IFAD and the Secretariat on their efforts to prepare the MOU and expressed the hope that GM will be fully operational by COP (in English)

Prime Minister Loum being escorted out of the Meridien Hotel by Presidential Guards

CST Chair Mohammad Reza Jabarri shares his views on the work accomplished during COP-2 in this excusive interview with the ENB (in English)

For the complete selection of images and RealAudio please go to the day's page:

CCD-related links

bulletLinkages desertification page bulletIntroduction to the CCD
bulletENB coverage of the CCD COP-1 bulletUNCCD Secretariat website
bullet ENB Archives: volume 4 (desertification) bulletDesertification links

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