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Eighth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (COP 8)

3-14 September 2007 | Madrid, Spain

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Highlights for Monday, 10 September 2007

Delegates to UNCCD COP 8 convened in morning and afternoon meetings of the Committee of the Whole to discuss relationships with other relevant conventions and organizations, follow-up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), outcome of the International Year of Deserts and Desertification (IYDD), and relations between the Secretariat and its host country. The contact group on programme and budget met in the afternoon and the contact groups on the ten-year strategic plan and CRIC convened during the afternoon and into the night to negotiate draft decisions.

Committee of the Whole
Dais of the Plenary. Ositadinma Anaedu, Nigeria, COW Chair
Dais of the plenary Ositadinma Anaedu, Nigeria, COW Chair
Gunn Mari Paulsen, Norway Jorge Guzman, Ecuador Fernando Coimbra, Brazil
Gunn Mari Paulsen, Norway Jorge Guzman, Ecuador Fernando Coimbra, Brazil
Bashir Ahmed Wani, Pakistan Maria Mbengashe, South Africa Barbara Tavora-Jainchill, UNFF
Bashir Ahmed Wani, Pakistan, on behalf of the G-77 and China, stressed the need for support to promote synergies. Maria Mbengashe, South Africa, said that synergies between the Rio Conventions are best achieved at the national and programme level Barbara Tavora-Jainchill, UNFF, on behalf of UNFF Secretariat Director Pekka Patosaari, highlighted areas for collaboration with the UNCCD.
The plenary room during the session.
The plenary room during the session
Maria Jesús Rodriguez de Sancho, Spain Uriel Safriel, Israel Octavio Perez Pardo, Argentina
Maria Jesús Rodriguez de Sancho, Spain

Uriel Safriel, Israel

Octavio Perez Pardo, Argentina, emphasized the need for technical and political linkages, in particular between the UNCCD and the UNFCCC.

Around the conference
Contact group Contact group
Contact group on the ten-year strategic plan
Lynn Wagner, IISD RS team leader, discusses “How to Track the Negotiations” at the COP-8 Journalist Training. Lynn Wagner, IISD RS team leader, discusses “How to Track the Negotiations” at the COP-8 Journalist Training.

Lynn Wagner, IISD RS team leader, discusses “How to Track the Negotiations” at the COP 8 Journalist Training. Sponsored by COM+, UNCCD and Terrafrica

Delegates and participants visiting various information stands. Delegates and participants visiting various information stands. Delegates and participants visiting various information stands.
Delegates and participants visiting various information booths.
Participants met during the break to discuss the day's events. A Spanish television reporter interviews an NGO delegate.
Participants met during the break to discuss the day's events. A Spanish television reporter interviews an NGO delegate.

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