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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, 5 September 2007

Delegates to UNCCD COP 8 met in a morning meeting of the Committee of the Whole (COW), followed by the first and second meetings of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 6). The Committee on Science and Technology (CST 8) also met throughout the day. An open-ended contact group met during the afternoon.

Committee of the Whole
Franklin Moore, USA, CRIC Chair Delegates listening to the opening of the session
Franklin Moore, USA, CRIC Chair Delegates listening to the opening of the session.
Michael Angstreich, Norway Conceição Ferreira, Brazil Mamadou Gakou, Mali
Michael Angstreich, Norway, pledged continued support to the CRIC. Pedro Cabal de Andrade, Brazil, objected to global targets that would burden developing countries. Mamadou Gakou, Mali, said that sub-Saharan Africa was not mentioned in the GM’s presentation.
Siddhartha Behura, India Gogo Banel N'diaye Macina, Senegal Eduardo Gandára Welch, Chile
Siddhartha Behura, India Gogo Banel N'diaye Macina, Senegal Eduardo Gandára Welch, Chile
Delegates in the plenary room
Delegates in the plenary room.

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Christian Mersmann, Sandjima Dounia, Chad
Christian Mersmann,
Managing Director, Global Mechanism,
said the GM had recognized that parties
were unhappy and that it had changed
its business model accordingly.
Sandjima Dounia, Chad, said
that relocating the GM is unnecessary.
Peter Pitrez, Portugal Octavio Perez Pardo, Argentina
Peter Pitrez, Portugal Octavio Perez Pardo, Argentina

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Committee on Science and Technology
Dais of the CST Bandar Alotaib and Abdu Alassiri, Saudi Arabia
Dais of the CST Bandar Alotaib and Abdu Alassiri, Saudi Arabia
lejandro León, Group of Experts, said that effective use of benchmarks and indicators in decision making does not currently exist Godfrey Olukoye, Kenya Lucienne Tsilavirany, Madagascar, emphasized that her country has moved ahead with national environment programme without waiting for guidelines
Alejandro León, Group of Experts, said that effective use of benchmarks and indicators in decision making does not currently exist.
Godfrey Olukoye, Kenya, stressed that indicators must be location-specific. Lucienne Tsilavirany, Madagascar, emphasized that her country has moved ahead with its national environment programme without waiting for guidelines.
Abdu Alassiri, Saudi Arabia Mukhtar Ahmed Mustafa, Sudan Ismail Abdel Galil Hussein, Egypt
Abdu Alassiri, Saudi Arabia Mukhtar Ahmed Mustafa, Sudan Ismail Abdel Galil Hussein, Egypt
Overview of the committee room
Overview of the committee room.
Viorel Blujdea, Romania, CST 7 Chair
Viorel Blujdea, Romania, CST 7 Chair
Jorge Guzman, Ecuador Mike Pellant, USA Chenchu Norbu, Bhutan
Jorge Guzman, Ecuador Mike Pellant, USA Chenchu Norbu, Bhutan
Open-ended contact group meeting
Open-ended contact group meeting.

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Around the conference
Exhibition stand Members of the security team
Exhibition stand Members of the security team.
Delegates having a break outside the plenary room The delegate of Trinidad and Tobago congratulates the
Delegates having a break outside the plenary room. The delegate of Trinidad and Tobago congratulates the
delegate of Nigeria for his speech.

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