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UN Convention to Combat Desertification
Seventh Session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 7) and First Special Session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-1)


3-14 November 2008 | Istanbul, Turkey


Highlights from Friday, 14 November 2008

CRIC 7 Chair Torres opened the closing plenary at 10:05 am on Friday, 14 November. After delegates learned that the Spanish COP 8 Presidency had supported an effort leading to an agreement with the Joint Inspection Unit on the financing of the assessment of the Global Mechanism, and that the assessment would begin in December 2008, delegates adjourned until the afternoon, when the CRIC 7 draft report was distributed. After reviewing the draft report, delegates reconvened at 4:00 pm and offered comments on the draft and the challenges that must be addressed in the lead up to and at COP 9. Delegates adopted the CRIC report and the meeting was closed at 5:58 pm.

Grégoire de Kalbermatten, Deputy Executive Secretary, Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD, Massimo Candelori, UNCCD Secretariat, and Chair Israel Torres at the closing plenary.

 


CLOSING PLENARY

 


   
Khaled Al-Shara’a, Syrian Arab Republic   Jato Sillah, The Gambia  
Ismail Abdel Galil Hussein, Egypt

 
Delegates at the closing plenary  
Hussein Nasrallah, Lebanon, Rapporteur for CRIC 7

 
Mohammed Ghanam, Morocco  
Gustavo Pacheco, Brazil

   
Kyaw Htun, Myanmar   Philbert Brown, Jamaica  
Yuriy Kolmaz, Ukraine

Richard Mwendandu, Patrick Osare and Frank Masafiri, Kenya

MORNING PLENARY

 
Christian Mersmann, Managing Director of the GM  
Rajeb Boulharouf, UNCCD Secretariat, Chair Israel Torres, Panama, Massimo Candelori, UNCCD Secretariat, and Hussein Nasrallah, Lebanon, Rapporteur for CRIC 7

 
Abdu Alassiri, Saudi Arabia, and Hussein Nasrallah, Lebanon, Rapporteur for CRIC 7   Liliane Ortega, Switzerland, and Jon Heikki Aas, Norway

Francisco Jarabo Sánchez, Paloma Ramos Fernandez, and Beatriz Bueno González, Spain

PRESS CONFERENCE

 
A representative of the Turkish goverment and Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD, hold a press conference on the outcomes of the first Special Session of the CST and CRIC 7.


AROUND THE VENUE

Wagaki Mwangi, IISDRS Kenya, Michael Angstreich, Norway, Lynn Wagner IISDRS, United States, Kunbao Xia, IISDRS, China, and Alexandra Conliffe IISDRS, Canada

 
Gerald Meke, Malawi, George Kafumu, Tanzania, Joseph Kihaule, Tanzania, and Robert Kiumsi, Tanzania
  Delegates in the corridors


ENB Writers hold discussions with Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD, (above), and with Christian Mersmann, Managing Director of the GM (below)



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