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Ninth session of the Conference of the Parties to the
UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 9)

21 September - 2 October 2009 | Buenos Aires, Argentina
Highlights for Thursday, 1 October 2009

On the penultimate day of UNCCD COP 9, delegates convened in multiple contact groups throughout the day and into the night in order to conclude their deliberations on draft decisions. A plenary session convened throughout the day to conduct open dialogue sessions with civil society organizations.

Homero Bibiloni, Secretary of Environment and Sustainable Development of Argentina, at the Tree Planting Ceremony

 
Daily Highlights
Monday, 21 September - Tuesday, 22 September - Wednesday, 23 September - Thursday, 24 September - Friday, 25 September
Monday, 28 September - Tuesday, 29 September - Wednesday, 30 September - Thursday, 1 October - Friday, 2 October

Conference of the Parties

Soledad Avila, Grupo Ambiental para el Desarollo, Argentina
Juan Luis Merega, Fundacion del Sur, Argentina
Omar Nuñez, Asociación Hondureña de Juntas Administradoras de Sistemas de Agua, Honduras
 
CSOs called attention to their concern that they were given a slot on the second to last day of the COP, and thanked the few delegates who had come to the session.
Nicole Werner, Fundación EcoAndina, Argentina
Timothy Dlamini, Swaziland Farmer Development Foundation
Susana Hakobyan, Environmental Survival, Armenia
Banemou Tlayor, AGREEM, Mauritania
Ali Darwish, Green Line, Lebanon
 
Mercedes Fraile, Fundación Inti Cuyum, Argentina
Norberto Ovando, Unión Mundial para la Naturaleza
Marisa Young, Fundación Agreste, Argentina
 
Civil Society Organizations eniD, Drynet, GTD and DCG boycotted the open dialogue session to protest that it was scheduled on the penultimate day of the COP.

Contact Group on terms of reference of the CRIC

 
Mary Rowen, and Kelly Milton, United States
View of the contact group on terms of reference of the CRIC

Contact Group on the regional coordination mechanisms

 
Rashmi Sharma, Facilitator of the contact group on the regional coordination mechanisms, Canada
View of the regional coordination mechanisms contact group

Tree Planting Ceremony

 
CSOs and UNCCD Secretariat members planted a tree at the Parque de las Mujeres Argentinas
Homero Bibiloni, Secretary of Environment and Sustainable Development of Argentina

SIDE EVENT: Partnering to combat desertification in the most affected countries: The South-to-South Cooperation SCOP/ACP programme, organized by the Global Mechanism

 
 

SIDE EVENT: Monitoring systems as a pre-requisite for the 10 years UNCCD Strategy - Challenges and Perspectives organized by The Sahara and the Sahel Observatory

 
 
 

Snapshots

 
Sven Walter, Global Mechanism and Laura Russo, IISDRS, Italy
Pedro Valdomero and Katya Arapnakova, UNCCD Secretariat
 
Soledad Aguilar, IISDRS, and Gonzalo Entenza, Argentina
Ambadi Youssuf, Comoro
 
Michael Andrew, Saint Lucia
Raul Bustamante Flores (right), ECOCLUB, Argentina
 
Security officers
Three worlds - One world exhibition
 
Daily Highlights
Monday, 21 September - Tuesday, 22 September - Wednesday, 23 September - Thursday, 24 September - Friday, 25 September
Monday, 28 September - Tuesday, 29 September - Wednesday, 30 September - Thursday, 1 October - Friday, 2 October
Related Links

UNCCD resources
UNCCD website
UNCCD COP 9 homepage
UNCCD COP 9 agenda
UNCCD COP 9 official documents
UNCCD Global Mechanism

Global Environment Facility (GEF) resource
GEF website

IISD RS resources

IISD RS coverage of UNCCD CST 1 and CRIC 7, 3-14 November 2008, Istanbul, Turkey
IISD RS coverage of the UNCCD High-Level Policy Dialogue, 27 May 2008, Bonn, Germany
IISD RS coverage of UNCCD COP 8, 3-14 September 2007, Madrid, Spain
IISD RS summary of the First Extraordinary Session of the COP, 26 November 2007, UN Headquarters, New York, US (HTML - PDF)
IISD RS coverage of UNCCD CRIC 5, 12-21 March 2007, Buenos Aires, Argentina
IISD RS coverage of UNCCD COP 7, 17-28 October 2005, Nairobi, Kenya
IISD RS “Linkages” archive of desertification meetings
Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
Climate-L.org - News and information on the actions of international organizations in responding to the problem of global climate change
African Regional Coverage

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