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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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.
|Franklin Moore, USA, CRIC Chair||Delegates listening to the opening of the session.|
|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|
|Delegates in the plenary room.|
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|
|Dais of the CST||Bandar Alotaib and Abdu Alassiri, Saudi Arabia|
|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
|Overview of the committee room.|
|Viorel Blujdea, Romania, CST 7 Chair|
|Jorge Guzman, Ecuador||Mike Pellant, USA||Chenchu Norbu, Bhutan|
|Open-ended contact group meeting.|
|Exhibition stand||Members of the security team.|
|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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