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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|The Crown Prince and Princess of Spain entering the Palacio de Congresos for the welcoming ceremony.|
The eighth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 8) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) opened at the Palacio de Congresos in Madrid, Spain, on Monday, 3 September 2007.
Following a welcoming ceremony under the aegis of the Crown Prince and Princess of Spain, the first plenary meeting of the two-week session heard opening statements from representatives of regional groups, UN agencies and organizations, and non-governmental organizations.
|Alberto Ruiz Gallardón, Mayor of Madrid, addresses the audience during the opening ceremony.|
|Felipe de Borbón, Crown Prince of Spain, detailed Spain’s longstanding efforts to combat land degradation.||Cristina Narbona, Minister for the Environment of Spain, committed to further support affected countries in their efforts in combating desertification.||Alberto Ruiz Gallardón, Mayor of Madrid, elaborated the city’s model to combat desertification.|
|Left: David Mwiraria, Kenya, President of COP 7, paid tribute to Hama Arba Diallo, former Executive Secretary.|
|Right: Grégoire de Kalbermatten, the Convention Secretariat’s Officer-in-Charge, welcomed the Crown Prince and Princess of Spain, and said COP 8 is a defining moment in the UNCCD’s evolution.|
|Photographers surrounding the Crown Prince and Princess.|
|Cristina Narbona, Minister for the Environment of Spain and David Mwiraria, President of COP 7.||Grégoire de Kalbermatten, Officer-in-Charge, Secretariat of the UNCCD.|
|Francisco Castro Rego, Portugal, on behalf of the European Union, Turkey and Croatia, noted that the COP is at a decisive phase and that its institutional framework must be determined.||Farrukh Khan, Pakistan, on behalf of the G-77/China, appealed to developed countries to fulfill their obligations by providing adequate financial resources to developing countries.||Uladzimir Sauchanka, Belarus, on behalf of Central and Eastern Europe, stated his region’s support of the ten-year strategic plan and highlighted the need for significant financial resources.|
|Stephen Muwaya, Uganda, on behalf of the African Group, expressed his region’s hope that all parties will work together cordially to achieve a successful outcome.||Luis Eduardo Molinas Belén, Paraguay, for the Latin America and Caribbean Group, suggested strengthening the CST, CRIC and regional programmes.||Kyaw Htun, Myanmar, on behalf of Asia and the Pacific, stated that the ten-year strategic plan “opens a way for renewed commitment among stakeholders.”|
|Germán Rojas, Food and Agriculture Organization, suggested measures to improve integration with government development programmes.||Celia Barbero Sierra, Fundación IPADE, Spain, appealed to donors to contribute new and additional financial resources.||M.V.K. Sivakumar, World Meteorological Organization (WMO), reported on a WMO-organized meeting in 2006 on climate and desertification.|
|Demonstrators outside the premises.|
|IFAD Booth||UNCCD Poster|
|Reception after the welcoming ceremony.||Welcoming ceremony participants.|
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