UNCCD

UNCCD and Xinhua News Agency to Spread Land Restoration News [viewed]

18 September 2012: Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and Li Congjun, President Xinhua News Agency, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to spread news regarding land restoration globally.

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Event: UNCCD CRIC 11 [viewed]

The eleventh session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 11) is scheduled to convene from 15-19 April 2013. Regional meetings preparatory to CRIC 11 are expected to convene prior to the event. The third Special Session of the Committee of Science and Technology (CST S-3) and the 2nd UNCCD Scientific Conference will convene immediately before CRIC 11, also in Bonn, Germany.  

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WMO, UNCCD Call for Coordinated Efforts to Manage Risks from Drought [viewed]

21 August 2012: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have announced plans to help countries improve their drought risk management and develop effective, long-term solutions.

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Event: Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative [viewed]

This side event to the 3rd World Forest Week will be an opportunity to: present the outcomes and results of the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI) African Union (AU) Commission projects supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the EU and the Global Mechanism-UN Convention to Combat Desertification (GM-UNCCD) in 13 countries; and showcase the use of landscape and inter-sectoral approaches and partnerships to support the effective planning and implementation of the GGWSI.  

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UNCCD Ad Hoc Working Group on Scientific Advice Discusses Scope of Work [viewed]

31 July 2012: The first meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group to further discuss the options for the provision of Scientific Advice focusing on desertification/land degradation and drought issues (AGSA), which convened based on Decision 20/COP.10 by the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), considered the AGSA's scope of work and working modalities.

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UNCCD Ad Hoc Group on Impact Indicator Refinement Discusses Scope of Work [viewed]

24 July 2012: The first meeting of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group of Technical Experts for Impact Indicator Refinement (AGTE), which convened based on Decision 19/COP.10 by the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), considered the AGTA's scope of work and working modalities.

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UNCCD Newsletter Highlights Land for Life Award Winners [viewed]

August 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has released issue 4.2/4.3 of UNCCD News. The latest issue features stories on the three winners of the UNCCD's first Land for Life Award.

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Event: Regional GEF CSO's Meeting for Southern Africa [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is holding a civil society organizations (CSO) regional meeting and Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) for Southern Africa. The agenda will focus on enhancing civil society participation in GEF, as well as enhancing indigenous peoples participation in GEF activities.  

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Event: Strengthening National Capacities to Increase Finance and Investments into Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation [viewed]

The Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), together with the Secretariats of the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), are organizing a workshop on “Strengthening National Capacities to Increase Finance and Investments into Sustainable Land Management (SLM) and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: Opportunities from Climate Change Financing Mechanisms”. The workshop will focus on opportunities and new directions presented by climate change financing mechanisms, including the Adaptation Fund, the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) Financing Mechanisms, the Green Climate Fund, the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs), and Renewal Energy Funds. Specifically, the workshop will seek to: share and exchange information on existing, new and emerging climate change mechanisms, and how these could be used to enhance synergistic implementation of the Rio Conventions; increase the capacity of participating countries to identify and mobilize potential financial resources through climate change financing mechanisms; present successful tools, instruments, best practices experiences and lessons learned with illustrated examples from countries on how SLM has been integrated into climate change adaptation and mitigation financing; develop country specific project profiles/ideas that link SLM and adaptation to climate change for later development and identify opportunities for scaling-up joint efforts and strategic partnerships; and build the capacity of a core team of experts in order to strengthen national capacities to elaborate and implement viable programmes linking land, water and climate change in various sectors.  

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Event: UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference and CST S-3 [viewed]

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 2nd Scientific Conference will take place during the 3rd special session of the Committee for Science and Technology (CST S-3). The meetings were originally scheduled to take place from 4-7 February 2013, in Fortaleza, Brazil, but have been rescheduled for 9-12 April, in Bonn, Germany, right before the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC), which will meet from 15-19 April in Bonn. Regional consultations are expected to convene between the two meetings. The scientific conference will be the main part of the CST session and will consider the theme "Economic assessment of desertification, sustainable land management and resilience of arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas," with a focus on two sub-topics: economic and social impacts of desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD); and costs and benefits of policies and practices addressing DLDD. Based on the February 2011 decision of the CST Bureau, the Global Risk Forum GRF Davos is the lead institution to organize the UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference, under the guidance of the CST Bureau. The expected outputs include: White Papers on the "Economic and social impacts of desertification, land degradation and drought" and "Costs and benefits of policies and practices addressing desertification, land degradation and drought;" a State of the Art Report on Economic assessment of desertification, sustainable land management and resilience of arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas; a Short Abstract Booklet and Extended Abstract CD of all oral and poster presentations; a Policy Booklet for Decision Makers for COP 11; 2013 Science Recommendation for CST 11; a Special issue of a peer reviewed journal; and Scientific papers in additional peer reviewed journals. These recommendations will be submitted to the CST and Conference of the Parties for their consideration.  

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