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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 Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Delegates to UNCCD COP 9 concluded their discussion of the agenda and programme of work, and election of officers, during a morning plenary, and then convened in the Committee of the Whole (COW) and Committee on Science and Technology (CST). The Chairman of the Joint Inspection Unit presented its assessment of the Global Mechanism to the COW. The COW also considered the programme and budget for the biennium 2010-2011, mechanisms to facilitate regional coordination of the implementation of the Convention, alignment of action programmes with the Strategy, and the terms of reference for the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention. The CST adopted its agenda and elected its officers, following which the first UNCCD Scientific Conference commenced its discussions, aided by the presentation of two keynote statements.

Homero Bibiloni, Secretary of Environment and Sustainable Development of Argentina and President of COP 9, and Vivian Pliner-Josephs, Secretary COP 9

 
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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
Committee of the Whole
Ismail Abdel Galil Hussein, COW Chair, Vivian Pliner-Josephs, Secretary COP 9 and Massimo Candelori, UNCCD Secretariat
 
Christian Mersmann, Managing Director of the GM
Gustavo Pacheco, Brazil
Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD
Komandje Maibe, Chad
Even Fontaine Ortiz, JIU Chairman
Rogatien Biaou, Benin
Sedego Michel, Burkina Faso
Israel Torres, Panama
Octavio Pérez Pardo, Argentina
Committee on Science and Technology
CST Chair Klaus Kellner opened CST 9.
William Dar, CST 8 Chair
Carlos Moscardo de Souza, Brazil
Wilfredo Alfaro Catalán, Chile
Hassane Moussa, Niger
Mahmoud Solh, DSD Chair and ICARDA, spoke on the role of science and technology in combating DLDD in the dry areas.
Elena Abraham, Director, Instituto Argentino de Investigaciones de las Zonas Áridas (IADIZA), presented on desertification assessment and monitoring in Argentina.
Uriel Safriel, Israel, noted that the Scientific Conference would offer an opportunity for scientists to talk to policy makers, and for policy makers to talk to scientists.
Side Event: African Drylands Commodities Atlas, organized by the UNCCD Secretariat
Douglas Pattie, UNCCD Secretariat
 
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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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