At COP 8 in 2007, the UNCCD Parties adopted a 10-year strategic plan and framework to enhance the implementation of the Convention (“The Strategy”). The Strategy contains four strategic and five operational objectives to guide the actions of all UNCCD stakeholders and partners. Parties also decided that an independent mid-term evaluation of The Strategy should be undertaken at COP 11 in 2013. The evaluation would review progress made in implementing The Strategy and make appropriate recommendations on improving performance and furthering implementation.
The mid-term evaluation will comprise an evaluation of The Strategy (the overall framework and scope) as well as an evaluation of its building blocks (evaluation of progress made in implementing The Strategy; evaluation of the performance and effectiveness of the CRIC; evaluation of the performance review and assessment of implementation system (PRAIS); and review of the Regional Coordination Mechanism arrangements). Additionally, the mid-term evaluation will include an evaluation of the performance and effectiveness of the CST in fulfilling operational objective 3 on how best to measure progress on strategic objectives 1, 2 and 3 of The Strategy.
At COP 10 in 2011, Parties adopted the terms of reference for the mid-term evaluation. They decided to establish an ad hoc Intersessional Working Group (IWG), subject to available funding, to prepare recommendations on the mid-term evaluation under the direction of the Bureau of the COP. The IWG has been in place since early March 2012, and it consists of 14 members, comprising the President of the COP, the Chairperson of the CRIC, the Chairperson of the CST, two members from each of the five regional groups, and one representative from civil society organizations accredited to the COP.
The IWG operates primarily by electronic means. It will convene up to four meetings during the biennium 2012-2013, taking advantage of the meetings of the COP Bureau, the sessions of the CRIC and the CST and/or other suitable occasions, when possible. The secretariat of the Convention facilitates the work of the IWG, supported by the Global Mechanism where relevant and in accordance with its mandate.