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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, 24 September 2009

On the fourth day of UNCCD COP 9, the CRIC considered reporting guidelines and indicators, following which it conducted its deliberations as a contact group and considered the workplans of the Convention institutions and subsidiary bodies and collaboration with the GEF. The CST concluded the first UNCCD Scientific Conference, following which they took up the agenda item on the Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands project. Contact groups on the CST and the JIU assessment of the GM also met.

Hilton Buenos Aires

 
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

UNCCD Scientific Conference

Report of Working Group III: Monitoring and assessment of desertification and land degradation: knowledge management, and economic social drivers
Pamela Chasek, Manhattan College/IISD, discussed challenges related to knowledge management at the national and international levels.
Mary Seely, Desert Research Foundation of Namibia, presented on “Vertical and Horizontal knowledge management: Challenges of people living in drylands.”
Stefan Sperlich, University of Göttingen, presented on economic aspects and social drivers of DLDD.
Mark Reed, University of Aberdeen, emphasised the need to build and document existing work and enable land managers to do M&A themselves.
Martin Bwalya, NEPAD Secretariat, introduced the session of WGIII “Knowledge, management, institutions and economics.”
Bertus Kruger, Namibian Agricultural Union, presented the recommendations of WGIII.
Freddy Nachtergaele, FAO
Pablo Osvaldo Canziani, The Holy See
CST Chair Klaus Kellner

CRIC

Markku Aho, Facilitator of the CRIC contact group
Jozef Buys, Belgium
Satu Ravola, UNCCD Secretariat

Round Table of Parliamentarians

Alberto Cantero, member of parliament
Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD

Promotion of Traditional Craftmanship

Local artisans presented Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary UNCCD, with artisanal knitted bags.

Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD and Gladys Juarez
 
Side Event: UNCCD relevant lessons from the global biodiversity indicators process:
The experience of the 2010 Biodiversity Indicators Partnership, organized by UNEP
Tristan Tyrrell, UNEP-WCMC
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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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