Sixth Session of the COP of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification 
Havana, Cuba, 25 Aug.- 5 Sept., 2003

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Photo above (left to right): COP-6 President Simeón Nigrín; CCD Executive Secretary Arba Hamma Diallo;Cuba’s President Fidel Castro Ruz; a member of the secretariat; Ibrahim Gambari, representative of the UN Secretary-General



Hama Arba Diallo, CCD Executive Secretary



Blaise Compaoré, President of the Republic of Burkina Faso


Alhaji Yahya Jemus Junkung Jammeh, President of the Republic of the Gambia


Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho


Amadou Toumani Touré, President of the Republic of Mali




Hugo Chávez Fría engages Fidel Castro Ruz in dialogue during his speech


Hugo Chávez Frías, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela



Robert Gabriel Mugabe, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe


A representative of the NGO community


MOROCCO, for the G-77/China

CCD COP-6 HIGHLIGHTS: MONDAY 1 SEPTEMBER, 2003

In the morning, delegates to COP-6 met in a Special High Level Segment to hear statements from Heads of State and Government, and in the afternoon convened in a round table to exchange views on the theme of “The UNCCD as a tool to achieve the Millennium Development Goals as they relate to poverty eradication and food security.” Informal consultations on the programme and budget, the outcomes of the WSSD, and Regional Coordination Units (RCUs) were also held in the afternoon.


SPECIAL HIGH LEVEL SEGMENT

In his opening statement, Cuba’s President Fidel Castro Ruz emphasized the importance of education and public awareness in sustainable development and poverty eradication. Presenting examples of Cuba’s literacy and education campaigns, he stressed that the most urgent task is to build universal awareness among adults and children.

Listen to Castro's speech


CCD Executive Secretary Arba Hamma Diallo highlighted the CCD as an important multilateral process that transcends the interests of any country. He said that the CCD is a vehicle to ensure sustainable development for people living in fragile environments.

Ibrahim Gambari, representative of the UN Secretary-General, underscored the importance of the CCD, the most broad-based multilateral treaty in the area of sustainable development, in efforts to fight rural poverty and achieve food security.

Blaise Compaoré, President of the Republic of Burkina Faso, highlighted the need to use the CCD to improve the living standards of the poor.

Alhaji Yahya Jemus Junkung Jammeh, President of the Republic of the Gambia, noted that poverty, environmental degradation, and unsustainable consumption patterns impact all countries, and said that international cooperation should be regarded as an unifying element to address these challenges.

Percival James Patterson, Prime Minister of Jamaica, stressed the need for a global partnership to effectively address desertification, and called on COP-6 to provide a clear understanding of how individual and joint actions, and funding promises will be realized.

Listen to Patterson's speech


Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho, said COP-6 marked a turning point for the CCD. He noted that addressing land degradation requires countries to make substantial financial resources available from their national budgets.

Listen to Mosisili's speech

Amadou Toumani Touré, President of the Republic of Mali, said that while the struggle against desertification is global, the countries of the Sahel are “at the heart of the battle.”

Listen to Touré's speech

Sam Nujoma, President of the Republic of Namibia, called for adequate financing for the CCD. He underscored the need to promote awareness regarding the linkages between biodiversity, climate change, and land degradation.

Listen to Nujoma's speech



Keith C. Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, highlighted the vulnerability of small island developing States (SIDS) to desertification and land degradation, and called for Parties to support the CCD’s implementation in these countries.

Listen to Mitchell's speech


Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, underscored the need for effective land management to avoid deforestation, overgrazing and the negative impacts of the tourism industry.


Listen to Gonsalves' speech



Hugo Chávez Frías, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, reviewed the history of the CCD and noted that many previous COP decisions have not been implemented. He stressed the importance of political will to effectively address the causes of poverty and desertification. He also explained Venezuela’s illiteracy eradication programme.

Listen to Cháves' speech

-Listen to Castro's comments

Robert Gabriel Mugabe, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, expressed concern over the “unfulfillment” of promises made by developed countries to commit funds to improve the lives of the poor. He highlighted the Zimbabwean land reform programme.

Jacob Zuma, Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, called on the upcoming WTO negotiations in Cancún, Mexico, to make headway on the CCD’s implementation. He suggested stronger linkages between NEPAD’s Environment Initiative and the CCD, as well as between African countries, the GEF and UNEP.

Amara Essy, Interim Chairperson of the African Union (AU), highlighted the initiatives of the AU Summit in Maputo, Mozambique, and underscored the role of the AU in assisting the CCD Secretariat in implementing programmes on desertification.

MOROCCO, for the G-77/China, noted concern regarding the absence of long-term strategies to implement the CCD and of reliable means of implementation, in particular adequate financial resources, technology transfer, and capacity building. He stressed the importance of south-south, regional, and subregional cooperation as key elements in the CCD’s implementation.

A representative of the NGO community highlighted the importance of GEF’s small grants programme for supporting implementation of the CCD at the local level. She welcomed NGO participation in COP-6 deliberations, and urged Parties to ensure NGO participation on the Facilitation Committee.

ROUND TABLE OF HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT:

Round table Chair Chair Fidel Castro Ruz said discussion will enable an open exchange on the theme, “The UNCCD as a tool to achieve the Millennium Development Goals as they relate to poverty eradi­cation and food security.”

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Cuba's President Fidel Castro Ruz




Percival James Patterson, Prime Minister of Jamaica


Sam Nujoma, President of the Republic of Namibia


Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines


Keith C. Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada



Chávez poked fun at many things related to Castro during his speech


Castro responds to Chávez with gestures during the Venezuelan president's speech


Castro
finally adds a few words of his own to Chávez speech


Mugabe close-up




Amara Essy, Interim Chairperson of the African Union



Jacob Zuma, Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa


Round table of Heads of State and Government



ENB team members hard at work covering today's events (left -right): Dagmar Lohan, Lisa Schipper, Richard Sherman, Karen Alvarenga, Andrey Vavilov





Links to further information:  

*The UNCCD COP-6 official site
http://www.unccd.int/cop/cop6/menu.php
 

*ENB summary of the First Committee for the Review of Implementation of the Convention (CRIC):
1st week CRIC summary
http://www.iisd.ca/linkages/download/pdf/enb04161e.pdf

2nd week CRIC summary
http://www.iisd.ca/linkages/download/pdf/enb04162e.pdf

*ENB summary of COP 5
http://www.iisd.ca/linkages/download/pdf/enb04160e.pdf

*The UNCCD COP-5 report
http://www.unccd.int/cop/officialdocs/cop5/pdf/11add1eng.pdf

*Linkage's Coverage (audio and photos) of UNCCD Cop-5
http://www.iisd.ca/desert/cop5/

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