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Climate Change Policy & Practice
Second Special Session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-2) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and Ninth Session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 9)

16-18 and 21-25 February 2011 | Bonn, Germany
Highlights for Wednesday, 23 February 2011
CST-S2/CRIC 9

The CRIC 9 Plenary opened on Wednesday, 23 February, with an address by Kossivi Ayikoe, Minister of Environment and Forests, Republic of Togo. Recalling that the UN General Assembly will convene a high-level event in September 2011 on desertification, he said environmental and sustainable objectives cannot be met without actions to combat desertification and land degradation. He reiterated Africa’s commitment to PRAIS and to follow-up on results emerging from it. He welcomed efforts to support sustainable land management (SLM) under GEF-5 and called for financing and a partnership platform for Africa.

In the morning plenary, delegates discussed: alignment of regional and sub-regional action programmes with the Strategy; joint progress reports of the Secretariat and the Global Mechanism, and implementation of activities relating to the Global Mechanism’s mandate; and draft template and reporting guidelines for civil society organizations for the 2012-2013 reporting cycle. Contact Group 1 Chair Moghaddasi reported on the progress of work done by the group on assessment of implementation and review of financial flows.

In the afternoon, an open open dialogue with CSOs convened in plenary. Five CSO representatives showcased their experiences with SLM projects in Moldova, India and the Caribbean and CSO reporting in the framework of PRAIS in francophone African countries and in France. Presentations were followed by a discussion.

Meetings of the two contact groups, as well as meetings for the national focal points within their Regional Implementation Annexes, of regional groups and a number of side events were scheduled throughout the day.

View of the Rhine river in Bonn
CRIC 9 participants participated in an open dialogue with civil society representatives during their afternoon session.
Daily highlights (click on the following links to see our daily web pages)
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Dais during the open dialogue with CSOs: (L-R) Calvin James, Caribbean Network for Integrated Rural Development, Trinidad and Tobago; Subrata Bhattacharyya, Gramin Vikas Trust, India; Valentin Ciubotaru, BIOS, Moldavia; Luc Gnacadja, UNCCD Executive Secretary; CRIC Vice-Chair Romy Montiel Hernandez, Cuba; Secretary; Moderator Patrice Burger, Centre d'actions et de réalisations internationales (CARI); and Stephanie Faure, GTD, RESAD, France.
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Moussa Halilou, Coordinateur CNCOD, RESAD, Niger, presented on “Proposition d’amélioration du Processus du Portail PRAIS point de vue des OSCs”.
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Kossivi Ayikoe, Minister of Environment and Forests, Republic of Togo, addressed CRIC 9 during the morning.
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Marc Fagot, France, and Vesa Kaarakka, Finland.

CRIC Delegates
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Guido Bonati, Italy.
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George Kafumu, Tanzania, and Rogatien Biao, Benin.

Around the Venue
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The Internet Café: (L-R) Abdessalem Kallala (Tunisia), Issa Albaradeiya (Palestine), and Ahmed Murad (UAE) .
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*IISD RS coverage of UNCCD High-Level Policy Dialogue, 27 May 2008, Bonn, Germany
*IISD RS summary of the First Extraordinary Session of the Conference of the Parties (ESCOP) to the UNCCD, 26 November 2007, UN headquarters, New York, United States of America (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of UNCCD COP 8, 3-14 September 2007, Madrid, Spain
*IISD RS coverage of UNCCD CRIC 5, 12-21 March 2007, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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