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Closing Statement of CSOs

Closing Statement of CSOs
Participating in the eleventh session of the Committee for Review of the Implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

The civil society organizations (CSOs) wish to thank the Secretariat of the Convention, Parties and Country Parties who support their participation to the eleventh session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention.
We reiterate our request to all Parties and in particular Developed countries to increase the support to all civil society organizations to be represented better at the level of decision making including CRIC and COP. This could be achieved through the Special Fund or other appropriate mechanisms like networks.
We acknowledge recommendations made by Parties which:
- Recalled that the alignment process should be participatory and inclusive of all involved stakeholders, including those from the private sector and civil society, taking into account decentralization and local governance issues;
- Asked for involvement of CSOs in national coordination bodies, because they noted  that these mechanisms are established as multi-stakeholder platforms with participation of government entities, CSOs and other partners;
- Expressed the need to build capacity among CSOs with regard to resource mobilization and access to funds, including GEF funds;
- Called for Global Mechanism, the GEF and other donors to provide funds to CSOs to implement projects at national level;
- Stressed the need to involve CSOs in reporting processes whereby they could support national focal points by providing and verifying information on performance indicators;
- Noted the work needed to be done to facilitate CSO involvement in the reporting process by adapting templates for PRAIS portal and the necessity to make resource available to build CSOs global network.
- Expressed concern with the mechanisms established by decision 5/COP.10 which limit representation in the CSO panel to accredited organizations from five regional implementation annexes.
WE DECLARE
• CSOs are committed to further serve  for communicating the problems, needs and concerns of affected rural communities to UNCCD bodies and events.  Participation of more CSOs in UNCCD events is essential for these problems, needs and concerns to be communicated in a full and valid manner to support UNCCD in taking informed decisions.
• CSOs raise concerns about vulenrabilities of affected communities which are sometimes overlooked by parties.   CSOs welcome and appreciate being given  the floor to express such concerns and bring them to the forefront of UNCCD discussions.
• While CSOs are capable of rasing funds for useful DLDD activities and projects, these funds are rarely sufficient for sustainable operation of the CSOs and for serving their long term plans.  CSOs require further, more efficient long term support in accessing funds for sustainable and long term DLDD related activity.
• CSOs welcome the impressive number of excellent good practices and the vast amount of knowledge presented during the CRIC by parties, institutions, organisations and CSOs and state their committment and vaialability to make further efforts for enhancing accessibility of such practices and knowledge to affected rural communities and other concerned parties.
• CSOs appreciate that traditional and indigenious knowledge was given some recognition during the CRIC and would welcome that further efforts and resources are provided to give full recognition to such practices, taking into account that such knowledge is easy to disseminate and cheap to implement and may prove the only affordable knowledge for use by some of the developing parties.

We, Civil Society Organizations hope that the recommendations, made during the CRIC and also the CST, will allow Parties to take important decisions at the Eleventh Session of the Conference of Parties for a better inclusion of CSOs.

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