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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 Wednesday, 5 November 2008


The first special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-1) commenced its work on 5 November 2008. After adopting the agenda, CST delegates conducted a general discussion on agenda items regarding preparations for CST 9, elements of the Strategy related to the CST, and the CST’s four-year work plan.


CST Chair William Dar (middle) opened CST S-1, highlighting that the special session represents part of the UNCCD reform process.

Plenary: General Statements

 
Luc Gnacadja, UNCCD, introduced the documents developed by the Secretariat in consultation with the Bureau of the CST as requested by COP 8 in relation to the ten-year strategic plan and framework to enhance the implementation of the Convention – CST (ICCD/CST(S-1)/4).  

Youba Sokona, Sahara and Sahel Observatory, served as a resource presenter on this topic.


   
Mukktar Ahmed, Sudan, highlighted that desertification is land degradation in specific ecosystems, and said sound research, not just a review of research, is necessary.   Antoine Cornet, France, suggested developing a road map towards the scientific conference.   Wilfredo Alfaro Catalán, Chile, stressed the need to define the conference’s expected outcomes.

 
The EU called for a more elaborated product prior to party consultation, a realistic schedule to develop indicators, and an annex containing the sources used to develop the indicators.   Turkey suggested that a major institution should be identified to collate site-specific data.



   
Jorge Luis Garcia, Mexico   Amadou Moctar Niang, Senegal   Octavio Pérez Pardo, Argentina

 
Rizwan Irshad, Pakistan, stressed the importance of cooperation with the other Rio conventions, and learning from them.   Dohamed Al Dhomeri, Yemen, stressed that desertification is land degradation in drylands, caused by human and climatic factors.

 

 
Naser Moghaddasi, Iran, said it is vital to introduce measurable and quantitative indicators for all items under Strategic Objective 3.   Frank Msafiri, Kenya, stressed identifying data gaps and existing institutions that have information and data.

   
Israel Torres, Panama   Koji Hattori, Japan   Cecilia Leal Franco, Fundación Ambiental Oasis de Vida

 
Kulov Kubanychbek, Kyrgyzstan   Victor Castillo, Spain

   

Civil Society urged involvement of the civil society organizations in the consortium.

    Guillermo Avanzini, Peru, stressed the importance of traditional knowledge in combating desertification.

Signature of the Memorandum of Understanding between the UNCCD and the Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa (CPLP)

 
Domingo Simoes Pereira, CPLP, and Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD signing the Memorandum of Understanding.

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