Desertification & Land Degradation

Event: Second Meeting of the IWG on the Mid-term Evaluation of the UNCCD Strategy [viewed]

The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) called for the creation of an Intersessional Working Group (IWG) on the mid-term evaluation of the ten year Strategy for the Convention. The IWG is expected to consist of 14 members: the President of the Conference of the Parties (COP); the chairpersons of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC) and of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST); two members from each of five regional groups; and one CSO representative.  

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UNCCD Launches Redesigned Website [viewed]

2 March 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has launched a redesigned website.

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UNCCD Calls for Applications for Advisory Group on Impact Indicators [viewed]

UNCCD1 March 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Conference to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has launched a call inviting applications from experts to act as members of the ad hoc Advisory Group of Technical Experts  for Impact Indicator Refinement.

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Event: Rio Conventions Pavilion at Rio+20 [viewed]

The Rio Conventions Pavilion at Rio+20 is a collaborative outreach activity of the Secretariats of the Rio Conventions (UNFCCC, UNCCD and CBD), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and 25 other international, national and local partners. It aims to promote and strengthen synergies between the Rio Conventions at implementation levels by providing a coordinated platform for awareness-raising and information-sharing about the linkages in science, policy and practice between biodiversity, climate change and combating desertification/land degradation.  

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Ramsar Releases First Batch of Draft COP 11 Resolutions [viewed]

20 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that, following the approval by the Standing Committee of the draft resolutions for consideration by the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP 11), the Secretariat is finalizing and translating the draft resolutions into the three Convention languages (English, French and Spanish).

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2012 World Day to Combat Desertification to Focus on Land Degradation Neutrality [viewed]

World Day to Combat Desertification 201217 February 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced the theme for the 2012 celebration of World Day to Combat Desertification. The annual event, which is celebrated on 17 June, will focus on "Healthy soil sustains your life: LET'S GO LAND-DEGRADATION NEUTRAL."

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Event: 2012 World Day to Combat Desertification [viewed]

The 2012 celebration of World Day to Combat Desertification, an annual event on 17 June, will focus on the theme "Healthy soil sustains your life: LET'S GO LAND-DEGRADATION NEUTRAL". In 2012, World Day to Combat Desertification falls three days before the start of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), and the global observance is planned to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  

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UNCCD Introduces Changes to PRAIS Reporting System [viewed]

23 January 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has reported that many innovations have been introduced in the performance review and assessment of implementation system (PRAIS) based on decisions taken at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10).

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UNCCD Executive Secretary Addresses African Forestry and Wildlife Commission [viewed]

20 January 2012: In an address to the 18th session of African Forestry and Wildlife Commission and the second African Forestry and Wildlife Week, Luc Gnacadja, the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), said "Sustainable forest management and sustainable land management are the two sides of the same coin. These two requirements must be jointly implemented within policies, strategies and action programmes if we want them to be successful." 

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Report on UNCCD Impact Indicator Workshop Released [viewed]

UNCCD19 January 2012: The report from the Multi-National Final Workshop of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) pilot impact indicator tracking, which convened on 6-7 October 2011, in Changwon, Republic of Korea, has been released.

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