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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 Friday, 25 September 2009

At the conclusion of the first week of UNCCD COP 9, the CRIC contact group convened in the morning and discussed a draft decision on the GEF. The COW convened in the afternoon to consider civil society participation and the communication strategy. The CST discussed agenda items related to the identification of indicators and the report of the first Scientific Conference, and approved a number of decisions. Contact groups on the CST and the JIU assessment of the GM also met on Friday.
At the conclusion of the COW on Friday, the COW Chair announced that Rashmi Sharma (Canada) would facilitate a group on regional coordination mechanisms and Makase Nyaphisi (Lesotho) would facilitate one on the budget. These groups, along with the contact groups on the CRIC and JIU assessment of the GM, will meet over the weekend.


 
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

Committee on Science and Technology

Uday Sharma, Nepal
Leonard Berry, Florida Center for Environmental Studies
Maria Laura Corso, Argentina
Valdemar Rodrigues, Brazil
 
Derek White, Australia
Abril Mendez, Panama
 
Jorge Luis Garcia Rodriguez, Mexico
Markus Giger, Switzerland
Amanda Bertolutti, Argentina
Worapong Waramit, Thailand

CRIC CONTACT GROUP

Yao Bernard Koffi, Cote D'Ivoire
Delegates in the contact group

CONTACT GROUP – JIU ASSESSMENT OF THE GM

General view of the contact group
Mary Rowen and Franklin Moore, United States

Committe of the Whole

Maria Soledad Ordoqui, Argentina
Yuki Hori, UNCCD Secretariat
Massimo Candelori, UNCCD Secretariat
Miguel Torrico, CODEF
COW Chair Ismail Abdel Galil Hussein, Egypt

Round Table of Parliamentarians

Alberto Cantero, Member of Argentinian Parliament
Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD

Side Event: Land Degradation in Assessment in Drylands - Preliminary LADA project results organized by Secretary of Environment and Sustainable Development

 
 

Side Event: Sustainable Land Management in the way to social-environmental commitment for the private sector, organized by Fundacion Agreste

Octavio Pérez Pardo, Argentina and Homero Bibiloni, Secretary of Environment and Sustainable Development of Argentina and President of COP 9
Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD, Griselda Marrero, Fundacion Agreste, and Florencia Pereyra, Fundacion Agreste

Side Event: Aligning UNCCD action programme and mainstreaming into national developments policies, organized by GTZ/UNCCD

 
Anneke Trux, GTZ
Snapshots
Hama Arba Diallo (right), Member of Parliament, Burkina Faso
Ojo Olusola, Nigeria, Ferdinand Nyabenda, Burundi, and Malakilo Mohamed Diasso, Burkina Faso
María Nery Urquiza Rodríguez, Cuba, Elena Abraham, and Teresa Herrera, Argentina
Khelifa Abdelkader, Algeria, and Khaled Al-Sharra, Syria
 
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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