UNCCD

Event: UNCCD COP 11 [viewed]

UNCCD COP 11 will take place from 16-27 September 2013 in Windhoek, Namibia, under the theme “A stronger UNCCD for a Land-Degradation Neutral World”. Convened at the halfway point of the 10-Year Strategy of the UNCCD (2008-2018) the meeting will review progress made in the implementation of the Strategy. Delegates will also consider the outcome of the second and preparations for the third UNCCD Scientific Conferences and reports of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) and the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC). Other agenda items include, inter alia: follow-up to the outcomes of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) outcome on land degradation, desertification and drought; improving mechanisms to facilitate regional coordination of the implementation of the Convention; programme and budget for the biennium 2014-2015; progress in the implementation of the comprehensive communication Strategy; revised procedures for the accreditation of civil society organizations and private sector representatives in meetings and processes of the UNCCD; and maintenance of the roster of experts. Under institutional arrangements, delegates will discuss, among other issues, new housing arrangements for the Global Mechanism, including a revision of the Memorandum of Understanding with the International Fund for Agricultural Development, and collaboration with the Global Environment Facility.  

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Global Mechanism Meeting Supports Integrating Climate Finance into SLM Activities [viewed]

22 March 2013: The Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) hosted a meeting that gathered representatives from nine countries to discuss lessons learned and final year priorities for the project "Integrating Climate Change Finance into Sustainable Land Management Investment Strategies" funded by the European Commission.

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Project on Forests and Climate Change Launched in the Kyrgyz Republic [viewed]

26 March 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have commenced a project titled "Sustainable management of mountain forests and land resources of the Kyrgyz Republic under climate change conditions."

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First International Day of Forests Celebrated [viewed]

21 March 2013: A number of high-level officials have issued statements in celebration of the first-ever International Day of Forests, including the UN Secretary-General, and the Heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).

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GEF Holds Workshop on Monitoring, Capacity Building in Western Sahel [viewed]

GEF14 March 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has completed a three-day Expanded Capacity Workshop (ECW) for the West African Sahel, bringing together focal points from the GEF, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).

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Final Declaration from High-Level Meeting Encourages All Countries to Develop Drought Management Policies [viewed]

17 March 2013: The Final Declaration from the High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP) encourages governments to develop and implement national drought management policies with consideration of proactive measures to mitigate the impacts of drought.

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UN Agencies Launch Capacity Building Project on Drought Preparedness [viewed]

12 March 2013: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), in cooperation with the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC), have signed a framework of cooperation and launched a project on capacity-building in support of national drought management policies (NDMPs).

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High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy Convenes [viewed]

12 March 2013: The High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP), organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), among other partners, is taking place from 11-15 March 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland. The HMNDP brings together world leaders, government decision makers, development agencies, and leading scientists and researchers to discuss drought preparedness and management policies.

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UNCCD, WMO Launch Global Campaign for Drought Mitigation [viewed]

13 March 2013:  The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have launched a global campaign on drought preparedness and risk management. The Campaign was inaugurated on 13 March, during the High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP) in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Event: World Day to Combat Desertification 2013 [viewed]

The 2013 annual World Day to Combat Desertification will focus on the slogan “Don't let our future dry up.” The day is celebrated on 17 June, to mark the conclusion of negotiations on the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). This year's theme of drought and water scarcity takes into account that 2013 is also the International Year of Water Cooperation. World Day to Combat Desertification 2013 will seek to create awareness about the risks of drought and water scarcity in the drylands and beyond, and to call attention to the importance of sustaining healthy soils as part of the post-Rio+20 agenda and post-2015 development agenda.  

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