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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 Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Delegates to UNCCD COP 8 convened in a morning meeting of the Committee of the Whole and an afternoon ministerial round table, which discussed desertification and adaptation to climate change. The contact groups on programme and budget and the CRIC, and the Friends of the Chair Group on the ten-year strategic plan, met throughout the day.

Committee of the Whole

Abdu Alassiri, Saudi Arabia Stephen Randall, Canada Pedro Cabal de Andrade, Brazil
Abdu Alassiri, Saudi Arabia Stephen Randall, Canada Pedro Cabal de Andrade, Brazil
Gerardo Gunera-Lazzaroni, UNCCD Secretariat Ositadinma Anaedu, Nigeria, COW Chair
Gerardo Gunera-Lazzaroni,
UNCCD Secretariat
Ositadinma Anaedu, Nigeria,
COW Chair

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High-Level Segment of the COP
COP 8 President Narbona chaired a ministerial round table on
COP 8 President Narbona chaired a ministerial round table on desertification and adaptation to climate change during the afternoon.
Several speakers congratulated the UNCCD's Executive Secretary-designate, Luc Gnacadja, who was seated alongside them at the dais.
L-R: Faumina Liuga (Samoa’s Minister of Natural Resources and Environment), Luc Gnacadja (UNCCD Executive Secretary-designate), Patrizia Sentinelli (Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Italy) and Laurent Sedego (Minister of Environment and Quality of Life, Burkina Faso).
COP 8 President Narbona: Chair of the ministerial round table. Patrizia Sentinelli, Deputy Minister, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, ITALY: "an instrument on drought and access to water" is needed. Ligia Dastro de Doens, General Administrator, National Environment Authority, PANAMA: the ecosystem management approach combats land degradation.

COP 8 President Narbona: Chair of the ministerial round table.

Patrizia Sentinelli, Deputy Minister, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, ITALY: "an instrument on drought and access to water" is needed.

Ligia Dastro de Doens, General Administrator, National Environment Authority, PANAMA: the ecosystem management approach combats land degradation.

Humberto Rosa, Secretary of State, Ministry for Environment, Spatial Planning and Regional Development, PORTUGAL: All private and public funding is ODA. Faumina Liuga, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, SAMOA: UNCCD needs to focus on climate change. Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change: political will is needed.

Humberto Rosa, Secretary of State, Ministry for Environment, Spatial Planning and Regional Development, PORTUGAL: All financing sources should be considered.

Faumina Liuga, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, SAMOA: UNCCD needs to focus on climate change.

Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change: political will is needed.

Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary, UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD): calls for "the development of adaptation tools". Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization: integrate "risk prevention" in national policy-making. Laurent Sedego, Minister of Environment and Quality of Life, Burkina Faso, called for a framework for dialogue at the international and regional levels to mobilize funding to address the linked issues of desertification and climate change.

Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary, UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD): calls for "the development of adaptation tools".

Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization: integrate "risk prevention" in national policy-making.

Laurent Sedego, Minister of Environment and Quality of Life, Burkina Faso, called for a framework for dialogue at the international and regional levels to mobilize funding to address the linked issues of desertification and climate change.

Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary-designate: climate change and desertification are the greatest challenges of our time.
Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary-designate: climate change and desertification are among the greatest challenges of our time.

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The plenary room
The plenary room
The ENB Team chatting with Gregoire van Kalbermatten. Participants in the plenary room.
The ENB Team chatting with Grégoire de Kalbermatten, the Convention Secretariat’s Officer-in-Charge. Participants in the plenary room.

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Around the conference

The Bayer Crop Science information stand. Delegates and participants at the IFAD information booth.
The Bayer Crop Science information stand. Delegates and participants at the IFAD information booth.

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