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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, 29 September 2009

The two-day UNCCD COP 9 high-level segment concluded on Tuesday, 29 September, with roundtable discussions on “Desertification/land degradation and climate change – what role for the land in the ongoing negotiations for a new climate change regime at Copenhagen?” and “Partnerships and institutions for combating desertification, land degradation and drought – the path to improvement.” Delegates also met in contact groups throughout the day to develop draft decisions related to agenda items in the Committee on Science and Technology (CST), the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention’s Terms of Reference (CRIC TOR), agenda items in the CRIC, the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) assessment of the Global Mechanism (GM), the budget and programme of work, and regional coordination mechanisms (RCMs).

Chetan Soni from India, won the first prize of the Second UNCCD International Photo Contest.

 
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

Roundtable II on “Desertification/land degradation and climate change -what role for the land in the ongoing negotations for a new climate change regime at Copenhagen”

Rejoice Thizwilondi Mabudafhasi, Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, South Africa
Zafar Adeel, Director of the United Nations University, International Network on Water, Environment and Health
Roberto Menia, Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Environment, Italy
Alejandro Jaques and Francisco Eduardo del Río López, Mexico
Carlos Minc Baumfeld, Minister of Environment, Brazil
 
Carlos Colacce, Minister of Housing, Zoning and Environment, Uruguay
John Kaputin, Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States

Roundtable III on “Partnerships and institutions for combating desertification, land degradation and drought - the path to improvement”

Carla del Ponte, Switzerland
Monique Barbut, Chief Executive Officer, GEF
Soledad Blanco, Director, EC Directorate General for Environment
Thakur Prasad Shrama, Minister of Environment, Nepal
Kausea Natano, Minister of Public Utilities and Industries, Tuvalu

Contact Group on terms of reference of the CRIC

Markku Aho, Facilitator of the CRIC contact group, Finland
Beatriz Bueno, Spain and Jozef Buys, Belgium

Contact Group on the Budget

Klemens Riha, Co-Chair of Contact Group on Budget, Germany
 

Press Conference: Outcomes of the high level segment

Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Minister of Environment and Tourism, Namibia
Marcos Montoiro, UNCCD Secretariat
Jan McAlpine, Director, UNFF Secretariat
Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Minister of Environment and Tourism, Namibia, Octavio Pérez Pardo, Director of Soil Conservation, Argentina, Jan McAlpine, Director, UNFF Secretariat and Marcos Montoiro, UNCCD Secretariat

Meeting of the CSOs with the COP 9 President, Homero Bibiloni

Homero Bibiloni, Secretary of Environment and Sustainable Development of Argentina (right)
Azalia Arias, Civil Society

Second UNCCD International Photo Contest

Wanda Lopez Trelles (right) won the Special Category on ‘Best Pictures Taken in Argentina’, for her picture entitled, “La sequía, problema de raíz”
 

Snapshots

 
 
 
 
 
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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