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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, 2 October 2009

The ninth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) convened in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 21 September - 2 October 2009, along with the eighth session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 8) and the ninth session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST 9). This was the first COP following the adoption in 2007 of the ten-year strategic plan and framework for the implementation of the Convention (2008-2018), and the 1,700 registered participants discussed numerous agenda items related to that decision.

The CST convened during the first week, including for its first Scientific Conference, to discuss “Biophysical and socioeconomic monitoring and assessment of desertification and land degradation, to support decision-making in land and water management.” A high-level segment also took place, with over 60 countries participating in three roundtables on global trends of desertification, land degradation and drought, linkages with climate change and partnerships. Participants also attended an open dialogue session with civil society organizations.

The COP approved thirty-six decisions before the final gavel came down at 7:50 am on Saturday, 3 October. Delegates highlighted several positive outcomes, including: development of impact indicators in the CST; a budget decision that includes a small increase in funding; enabling the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention to become a standing subsidiary body of the COP; and support for the long-discussed regional coordination mechanisms. The agenda item on the GM-Secretariat relationship, however, overshadowed much of the conference. Despite expectations that a COP 9 decision might lead to a new shared understanding of the structure and mandate of the Convention’s bodies, polarized positions on these issues resulted in a late night impasse and decisions that largely left resolution on this issue to a future COP.

Plenary continued working and the COP 9 was gaveled to close at 7.50 am

 
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

Closing Plenary

 
 
 

CRIC

CRIC Chair Israel Torres
Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD
 

Committee of the Whole

Homero Bibiloni, Secretary of Environment and Sustainable Development of Argentina, and COW Chair Ismail Abdel Galil Hussein

COP Plenary

Lawrence Townley-Smith, Canada
Homero Bibiloni, Secretary of Environment and Sustainable Development of Argentina
 

Contact Group on terms of reference of the CRIC

Kelly Milton, United States
Fernando Coimbra, Brazil
 

Contact Group on the regional coordination mechanisms

 
Participants consider options to move ahead.
 

Contact group on the budget

Sem Shikongo (middle), Namibia

Contact Group on the Joint Inspection Unit report on the assessment of the Global Mechanism

Homero Bibiloni, Secretary of Environment and Sustainable Development of Argentina
View of the contact group
 

GRULAC Regional Meeting

María Nery Urquiza Rodríguez, Cuba
Alejandro Jaques, Mexico
Cesar Altamirano, Bolivia

Press Conference

Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD
Marcos Montoiro, UNCCD Secretariat
 

Snapshots

Abdu Alassiri, Saudi Arabia, Khaled Al-Sharra, Syria, and Hussein Nasrallah, Lebanon

Local Staff
 
Security officers
 
Emissions offset station
Central hall of the Hilton Hotel
 

COP 9 Exhibition

Scientific Posters
COP 9 Exhibition
 
Republic of Korea exhibition
 
 
 
Fundación Agreste
 
 
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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 Oc

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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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