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UNCCD Calls for Input on Draft Documents

May 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has called for parties to provide input on draft advocacy policy frameworks on gender and on the integration of land and soil issues into the intergovernmental process on climate change. Comments are also requested on the draft version of "Global Drylands: A United Nations System-wide Response," which was was developed by the Environment Management Group (EMG).

The draft on gender was developed in response to a decision at the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9), in which parties requested the Secretariat to: generate advocacy policy frameworks on thematic issues in order to address the adverse impacts of desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD), keeping in mind gender sensitive approaches; and regularly inform affected countries and other key stakeholders on such proceedings that may be useful in the implementation of action programmes.

The "Study on the integration of land and soil issues into the intergovernmental process on climate change" aims to provide relevant information to parties and the UNCCD Secretariat to facilitate the mainstreaming of DLDD issues into the climate change negotiation and implementation processes. It develops key messages on adaptation, nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs), reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD), and finance, technology development and transfer and capacity building.

The documents are scheduled to be discussed at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UNCCD, which will convene in October 2011. Comments are requested by 15 June 2011. [UNCCD Gender Policy Framework for the UNCCD and its Secretariat] [Study on the Integration of Land and Soil Issues into the Intergovernmental Process on Climate Change] [Global Drylands: A United Nations System-wide Response] [Climate Change Policy & Practice post regarding progress report on Global Drylands: A United Nations System-wide Response]