7th Session of the Conference of the Parties 
to the United Nations Convention 
to Combat Desertification 


17-28  October 2005, Nairobi, Kenya 

 



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Highlights for Thursday, 27 October 2005


The plenary met in the morning to discuss inclusion of NGO activities within the official programme of work of the COP. Delegates to the Committee of the Whole (COW) considered: rule 47 of the rules of procedures; the interim report on the status of preparation of the 2006 International Year of Deserts and Desertification (IYDD); the report on relations between the Secretariat and its host country; and the programme of work for COP-8. The fourth session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC-4) met to adopt the draft decisions prepared by the contact group on draft decisions on the review of the implementation of the Convention, and to elect officers other than the chairperson of the Committee. Contact groups continued discussions on: the programme and budget and the report of the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU).

Above photo L-R: Marcos Montoiro (UNCCD), Melchiade Bukuru (UNCCD), Chair Riccardo Valentini (Italy) and Nikhil Seth (UN Secretariat)



PLENARY: OPEN DIALOGUE SESSION ON NGOs


Moderator Octavio Perez Pardo (Argentina) introduced the theme of the dialogue “Facilitators and obstacles on CCD implementation.” 

Above photo L-R:
Octavio Perez Pardo (Argentina), Executive Secretary Hama Arba Diallo, UNCCD, and Marcos Montoira, UNCCD (seated at the back)


Above photos L-R: Cecilia Leal, Fundacion Oasis de Vida, Colombia, emphasized the aim of this dialogue is to share experiences; Jackeline Nkoyok , Cameroon, made a presentation on the economic dimension of environmental protection in Africa with a view to facilitate CCD implementation; Tanveer Arif, Society for Conservation and Protection of Environment, Pakistan, spoke about removing barriers at the grassroots level for CCD implementation; Khadija Razavi, Centre for Sustainable Development Studies and Application (CENESTA IRAN), made a presentation on mobile pastoralism as sustainable nature resource and rangeland management. FUNDACIÓN DEL SUR, Argentina, introduced activities of a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) afforestation and reforestation project, highlighting that the project offers broad participation of both local and international stakeholders; Juan Luis Mérega, Fundación del Sur, Argentina, introduced activities of a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) afforestation and reforestation project, highlighting that the project offers broad participation of both local and international stakeholders.

THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE: PREPARATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF DESERTS AND DESERTIFICATION (IYDD)


In response to CHINA’s suggestion regarding the coordination of events, the Secretariat announced the establishment of a website solely dedicated to IYDD (http://www.iydd.org).

Above photo: Shiqiu Chen (China)


ITALY highlighted its support to countries in organizing events on the occasion of IYDD



Above photo: Paolo Soprano (Italy)

GERMANY said that it will be launching an internet platform on IYDD events.



Above photo: Anneke Trux (Germany)




ALGERIA announced that it will be hosting a summit meeting bringing together heads of states, and called for mobilizing the attention of the  international community. 

Above photo: Djamel Echirk (Algeria)

WORLD YOUTH ALLIANCE requested that the Secretariat come up with ways to involve young people in celebrating the IYDD.  


Above photo: Hezbon Mogambi (World Youth Alliance)


THE COMMITTEE FOR THE REVIEW OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CONVENTION:


Above photo L-R: Chair Mohammed El Ghaouth chaired the meeting; Ositadinma Anaedu (Nigeria), Chair of the contact group on draft decisions for the implementation of the Convention, presented the group's texts for consideration by the Committee.
CONTACT GROUP: PROGRAMME AND BUDGET:


The contact group continued to discuss the draft decision on budget for the biennium 2006-2007. Budget tables on resource requirements were circulated, using the US dollar and the Euro respectively as the basis of calculation in five scenarios simulating a 0 to 25% increase based on the 2004-2005 biennium budget. The group also discussed the audit report and the financial aspects of the JIU report.

Above photos L-R: Delegates from the Contact Group on Programme and Budget; Chair Gerardo Guiza (Mexico)


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SIDE EVENT: INTRODUCING THE SADC CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE - GOBABEB TRAINING AND RESEARCH CENTER IN NAMIBIA


Willem Konjore, Minister for Environment and Tourism of Namibia presented the launch of the Gobabeb SADC Centre of Excellence, international center for dryland training and research in Southern Africa. For further information on Gobabeb and its activities relating to UNCCD please visit http://www.drfn.org/gobabeb.

Above photos L-R: Sem T. Shikongo (Namibia); Executive Secretary Hama Arba Diallo, UNCCD; Willem Konjore, Minister for Environment and Tourism of Namibia


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