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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 Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Delegates to UNCCD COP 9 concluded the ninth session of the CST in the morning, during which they adopted six draft decisions as well as advice for the CRIC and the COW. Delegates also met in the CRIC and the COW, and contact groups convened throughout the day to develop draft decisions related to the CRIC TOR, CRIC, the JIU assessment of the GM, budget and regional coordination mechanisms (RCMs).


 
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 of the Whole

Thomas Stelzer, UNDESA, Massimo Candelori, UNCCD Secretariat, and COW Chair Ismail Abdel Galil Hussein, Egypt
 
Sergio Zelaya, UNCCD Secretariat
Armande Zanou Aïvohozin, Benin
Khelifa Abdelkader, Algeria
John Matuszak, United States
Khaled Al-Sharra, Syria
COW Chair Ismail Abdel Galil Hussein, Egypt

Committee on Science and Technology

CST Chair Klaus Kellner
María Elena Rodríguez Fuentes, Cuba
Suoulemayne Ouedraogo, Burkina Faso

Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention

 
CRIC Chair Israel Torres, Panama
The morning CRIC convened in the Main Committee Room and decided to send the draft decision on the GEF back to the CRIC contact group, which was in session at the same time in a meeting room.

Contact Group on the regional coordination mechanisms

 
View of the regional coordination mechanisms contact group
Rashmi Sharma, Facilitator of the contact group on the regional coordination mechanisms, Canada, Massimo Candelori, UNCCD Secretariat

Contact Group on terms of reference of the CRIC

 
Fernando Coimbra, Brazil
Mary Rowen, United States
 
Markku Aho, Facilitator of the CRIC contact group, Finland, and Nicola Rass, UNCCD Secretariat

SIDE EVENT: Investing together in drylands: A UN-wide response to
the UNCCD 10-Year Strategic Plan

 
Hossein Fadaei, Environment Management Group (EMG), Philip Dobie, UNDP, Stephen Twomlow, UNEP, Bakary Kante, UNEP, and Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD. Participants discussed the proposed UN action report on global drylands for release in 2010.

SIDE EVENT: Piloting the Performance Indicators in 2010

 
 
Jessica Jones, UNEP

Snapshots

 
Octavio Pérez Pardo, Director of Soil Conservation, Argentina, Mansour N'Diaye, UNCCD, Chief of Staff, and Adela Segarra, Member of Argentinian Parliament, Argentina
Sem Shikongo, Namibia, Alexandra Conliffe, IISDRS, Canada, Lynn Wagner, IISDRS, United States, Laura Russo, IISDRS, Italy and Kunbao Xia, IISDRS, China
 
Sem Shikongo, Namibia, and Wagaki Mwangi, UNCCD Secretariat
Angeles Estrada, IISDRS, Argentina, Soledad Aguilar, IISDRS, Argentina, and Emilia Rivero Estrada, Argentina
 
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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