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Call for interests in the UNCCD secretariat and the private sector partnership

​The secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification is an international organization, which aims to promote new approaches to manage drylands ecosystems, which cover over one-third of the world’s land surface and are inhabited by nearly two billion people. It works together with other United Nations agencies, scientists, and civil society organizations (CSOs), local communities and the Convention’s one hundred-ninety-five (195) Parties to address land degradation and desertification and to mitigate the effects of drought in the arid, semi-arid and dry-sub-humid regions of the world.
By its decision 4/COP.10, the Conference of the Parties to the UNCCD invited public-private partnerships for the implementation of the UNCCD comprehensive communication strategy to further strengthen the outreach for new actors on sustainable land management and to receive support from those partnerships for global campaigns on desertification/land degradation and drought.
Accordingly, the UNCCD secretariat calls for interests from the private sector to engage in mutually beneficial collaborative relationships and partnerships with entities that share the values and principles enshrined in the UNCCD, as well as internationally recognized principles concerning human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption, as reflected in the United Nations Global Compact. 

Public-private partnerships opportunities for awareness-raising activities during the 11th Conference of the Parties to the UNCCD (COP11)

The Awareness Raising, Communication and Education (ARCE) unit of the UNCCD is responsible for the global visibility of the eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention (COP11), which will be held in Windhoek, Namibia, from 16-27 September 2013. ARCE will oversee the public outreach, media relations, publicity and related components of COP11. It is seeks partnerships to support the various awareness raising activities during the COP11, which include:
1) sponsorship and/or organization of the Land for Life Award Ceremony
2) Sponsorship and/or co-hosting the Third UNCCD Photo Contest Exhibition and its Award ceremony, preferably in the 2nd week of COP
3) Sponsorship and/or co-organizing a film festival on 16-20 September from 7:00-9:30 pm.
4) Co-sponsorship and/or co-organizing a one-day workshop on Gender and Drylands on Saturday, 21 September 2013 together with the UN Women and the Inter-Agency Taskforce on the UN Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification.
5) Co-sponsor and co-organize the side event on Gender and Drylands, World Day to Combat Desertification and the Land for Life Award.
6) Co-sponsor and/or co-organize the Rio Conventions Pavilion, a collaborative platform to promote and strengthen synergies among the Rio Conventions at the implementation level, and to profile activities that link biodiversity conservation and sustainable use, sustainable land management and efforts to combat desertification, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
7) Co-sponsor the Land for Life magazine, a high-quality publication with short stories providing cutting-edge knowledge of sustainable land management initiatives.
Attached for your consideration is an outline of the proposals describing each event, its aims, requirements, the secretariat’s contribution and gaps.
We aim to deepen the cordial relations among all actors for a successful COP11 outcome, to strengthen the engagement of the people of Namibia with the COP participants and to bolster public support for Namibia’s future role as the 2013-2014 COP Bureau President.
The partners will receive varying levels of publicity, including but not limited to the use of the COP11 branding and publicity on the UNCCD COP11 sponsorship page.
The secretariat may agree on a case-by-case basis and upon request, to exceptionally authorize the use of the UNCCD name and logo on a non-exclusive basis. The use of the name and logo must be expressly approved in advance in writing and upon such terms and conditions as may be specified by the UNCCD secretariat.

Our partnership framework

The secretariat will build partnerships based of these values and principles that potential partners share.
• Urgency. We share a commitment to urgent action to address critical bottlenecks and an increase in investment in SLM.
• Equity. We share a commitment to reducing the social and economic inequities associated with life in drought-prone areas and will strive to ensure equity of voice and representation.
• Shared responsibility. Sustainable Land Management is a global public good and the shared responsibility of all members of the global community. All partners and Parties to the Convention have a responsibility to make efficient, effective and equitable use of the resources available to them, and are individually accountable for their actions.
• Inclusiveness. We welcome all those who share the vision, mission and values of a partnership for sustainable land management - individuals and organizations, public and private, rich and poor.
• Consensus. Recognizing the diversity of mandates and priorities of each individual partner and Party, we function through a process of consensus and act in a coordinated manner based on the comparative strengths of individual partners.
• Sustainability. We share a commitment to effective and sustained action, and emphasize strengthening national/local capacity.
• Dynamism. The global DLDD crisis continually provides new challenges. A partnership for SLM must be dynamic and evolving, seeking to develop innovative opportunities that facilitate effective and concerted action.
The partnership is limited to the awareness raising activities of the COP 11. At the closure of the campaign, any relevant content will be transferred, as deemed appropriate, to the UNCCD secretariat.

Submission of the interest

Interested entities should send one-page partnership proposals to The secretariat receives submissions on an ongoing basis and reserves the right to decline any submission.
Each submission should clearly state:
(a) The activity of interest from the above-list or a new cooperative project proposal;
(b)  Include a statement on the entity’s eligibility, in accordance with the eligibility and exclusionary criteria set out below, with supporting documentation;
(c) Proposed activities in case any action not listed above is proposed.

Partnership agreement

Upon the agreement of the partnership, the secretariat and the partner will enter into a legally binding partnership agreement which will include:
(a)  The scope, objective and timeframe of the partnership;
(b)  The specific roles of the partners, including operational targets and activities;
(c)  The possible confidential nature of information exchanged by the UNCCD secretariat and its partners;
(d)  The conditions relating to the use of the UNCCD name and logo, and the COP11 and the host country’s logo, as necessary;
(e)  Reporting, monitoring and evaluation requirements for the partnership.


For more information, please contact:
Awareness Raising, Communication and Education Unit
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
Hermann-Ehlers-Str.10, 53113 Bonn, Germany

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