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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 Monday, 28 September 2009

The first day of the UNCCD COP 9 high-level segment opened on Monday, 28 September, with over 60 countries set to participate in the three roundtables to be held during the two-day segment. Following opening and regional and interest group statements during the morning, 21 speakers took the floor during an afternoon roundtable on “Global trends of desertification, land degradation and drought: liaison with other problems and challenges for decision makers and stakeholders.” Contact groups met throughout the day to develop draft decisions related to the CST, CRIC TOR and CRIC, the JIU assessment of the GM, budget and Regional Coordination Mechanisms (RCMs).

Lincoln Ralechate Mokose, Minister of Forestry and Land Reclamation, Lesotho, Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD, Sherry Ayittey, Ministry of Forestry and Environment, Ghana, Sergio La Rocca, Under-Secretary of Planning and Environmental Policy of Argentina, Octavio Pérez Pardo, Director of Soil Conservation, Argentina, Clemente Dlamini, Ministry of Environment, Swaziland, and Ramadham Saif Kajembe, Ministry of Forestry and Environment, Kenya

 
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

High Level Segment

Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD
CST Chair Klaus Kellner
Homero Bibiloni, Secretary of Environment and Sustainable Development of Argentina
COW Chair Ismail Abdel Galil Hussein
Doorga Persaud, Guyana
CRIC Chair Israel Torres
Mexico's representatives
Syrian Arab Republic's representatives
Laura Russo, ENB and Jan McAlpine, Director, UNFF Secretariat
Fatima Sleiman, Bait Al Hikma Foundation

Roundtable on “Global trends of desertification, land degradation and drought: liaison with other problems and challenges for decision makers and stakeholders”

Jerry Lengoasa, Assistant Secretary-General, WMO
Sherry Ayittey, Ministry of Forestry and Environment, Ghana
Bakary Kante, UNEP
Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary
Jan McAlpine, Director, UNFF Secretariat
Abdelamin Lhafi, Morrocco
Zhu Lieke, China
Walter Ammann, Global Risk Forum
Francis Nhema, Minister of Enviroment and Tourism, Zimbawe
Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Minister of Environment and Tourism, Namibia

High level representatives visit COP 9 exhibitions

Lincoln Ralechate Mokose, Minister of Forestry and Land Reclamation, Lesotho, Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD, Sergio La Rocca, Under-Secretary of Planning and Environmental Policy of Argentina, Clemente Dlamini, Ministry of Environment, Swaziland
High level representatives visit COP9 exhibitions
 
 
Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD, Sherry Ayittey, Ministry of Forestry and Environment, Ghana, Ramadham Saif Kajembe, Ministry of Environment, Kenya, and Kwon Byong Hyon, Republic of Korea

JUSCANZ delegations met with CSO representatives

 
 

EC Press Conference on climate change negotiations and land issues

Asa-Britt Karlsson, Vice-Minister for Environment, Sweden
Soledad Blanco, Director, EC Directorate General for Environment
 
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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