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Sustainable Development Policy & Practice

UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference, Third Special Session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-3) and Eleventh Session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 11)

9-19 April 2013 | Bonn, Germany

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Second Scientific Conference, CST-3 and CRIC 11
Highlights for Monday, 15 April 2013
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The dais during the opening sessoin. L-R: Jürgen Nimptsch, Mayor of the City of Bonn; Kwang-Su Ryu, Ministry of the Korean Forest Service of the Republic of Korea; Stefan Schmitz, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development; UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja; Chair of the CRIC Mary Rowen; Radhika Ochalik, UNCCD Secretariat; Massimo Candelori, UNCCD Secretariat; and Rajeb Boulharouf, UNCCD Secretariat.
The Eleventh Session of the Committee for the Review of the Convention to Combat Desertification (CRIC 11) convened on Monday morning at the World Conference Center in Bonn, with opening remarks and welcome from Chair Mary Rowen (US), followed by opening statements from: Stefan Schmitz, Head of Division, Rural Development and Food Security, Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany; Kwang-Su Ryu, Director General of International Affairs, Korea Forest Service; and Jürgen Nimptsch, Lord Mayor of the City of Bonn. UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja, highlighted the benefits of the Performance Review and Assessment Implementation System (PRAIS) in underpinning country efforts, noting the reports received have helped to start setting baselines for the strategic indicators and a trend analysis of progress. Pohamba Shifeta, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Namibia, formally announced that his country will host COP 11 from 16 to 27 September 2013 and said Namibia looked forward to showcasing to COP 11 how it had grown from “strength to strength” in combating desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD).

After hearing opening statements from regional groups and a representative of civil society organizations (CSOs), CRIC 11 adopted the agenda and organization of work.

Delegates then began assessment of implementation against the provisionally adopted performance indicators in an interactive discussion session facilitated by John McKenzie, former news correspondent for ABC News, US, titled: “Are communication and participation sufficient to mobilize action on DLDD?” during which delegates highlighted challenges, best practices and recommendations for enhancing awareness raising and engagement of all stakeholders in activities to combat DLDD activities.

In the afternoon delegates continued discussion on the agenda item in a panel discussion on alignment of national action programmes (NAPs) moderated by Philbert Brown, Jamaica. Moderator Brown summarized the session’s recommendations to include: the need to involve CSOs in the capacity building process; the need to involve the private sector in the NAP process; the need for a multi-facteted, multi-sectoral approach; the reinforcement of the bottom-up approach; the suggestion for analysis of the timing of financial support, and the need to mobilize more financial support to meet the 2014 target; and the recommendation to establish a monitoring system.
Opening Session
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L-R: Kwang-Su Ryu, Ministry of the Korean Forest Service of the Republic of Korea; Stefan Schmitz, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development; UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja; and Chair of the CRIC Mary Rowen
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Pohamba Shifeta, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Namibia, announcing that his country will host COP 11 in September 2013.

Panel discussion on “Are Communication and Prticipation Sufficient to Mobilize Action on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought?”
Anneke Trux, Germany
Samuel Contreras (Philippines)
BMS Rathore, India

Launch of Capacity Building Marketplace
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Dais during the launch of the Capacity Building Marketplace, which aims to become a one-stop shop for capacity building on sustainable land management globally.​ More information is available here (photo courtesy of the UNCCD Secretariat)
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Audience during the launch event (photo courtesy of the UNCCD Secretariat)
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Related Links
UNCCD resources

*Second Scientific Conference website

*Second Scientific Conference programme

*Second Scientific Conference documents

*CST S-3 website

*CST S-3 documents

*CST S-3 provisional agenda

*CRIC 11 website

*CRIC 11 documents

*CRIC 11 provisional agenda


IISD RS resources

*IISD RS coverage of the Tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the UNCCD, 10-21 October 2011, Changwon City, Republic of Korea

*IISD RS summary of the Second Special Session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-2) of the UNCCD and CRIC 9, 16-18 and 21-25 February 2011, Bonn, Germany (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

IISD RS coverage of the 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

*IISD RS coverage of UNCCD CST S-1 and CRIC 7, 3-14 November 2008, Istanbul, Turkey

*Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) coverage of desertification negotiations

*LAND-L - A news and announcement list on land policy issues

*Land Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Addressing Sustainable Land

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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