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The Committee on Science and Technology

In line with Article 24 of the UNCCD, the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) is established as a subsidiary body of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to provide it with information and advice on scientific and technological matters relating to combating desertification and mitigating the effects of drought. The CST meets in conjunction with the ordinary sessions of the COP. It is meant to be multidisciplinary, open to the participation of all Parties, and composed of government representatives competent in the relevant fields of expertise. 

As outlined too in Article 24, the COP has established a roster of independent experts with expertise and experience in the relevant fields.

Terms of Reference
The CST is assigned various advisory functions, data and information functions, research and review function, functions related to technology, and evaluation functions (15/COP.1). It makes recommendations to the COP on ways and means to facilitate and strengthen networking at the local, national and other levels, with a view to ensuring that the thematic needs set out in Articles 16 to 19 of the Convention are addressed. The role and responsibilities of the Committee are actively supported by the work of the CST Bureau.

Reshaping the CST
When adopting the ten-year Strategy to enhance the implementation of the Convention, the COP decided to reshape the operation of the CST. The new elements include, among others, the periodic organization of CST sessions in a predominantly scientific and technical conference-style format by the CST Bureau in consultation with the lead institution/consortium. Each session focuses on a defined priority theme.
More information on the upcoming thrid special session of the CST (CST S-3) and its Scientific Conferences can be found under the following link: UNCCD Scientific Conferences.

Programme of Work
Further in line with The Strategy, the COP requests the preparation of multi-year results-based workplans for the CST, which are updated for each COP session, and subsequently considered and approved by the COP. The current work plan and work programme of the CST are outlined in the following decisions: 1/COP.10 and 27/COP.10. The current priority areas of work of the CST include the following thematic topics: Information on the priority areas of work of the CST prior to the adoption of The Strategy  can be found under the following link: Previous thematic topics considered by the CST.

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