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Report of COP 11: Dialogue session with CSOs and CST recommendations

Windhoek, 20/09/13. ​In the morning, delegates convened in plenary for an open session with civil society organizations. Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary, delivered an opening statement. Resource Mobilization to support the implementation of the UNCCD through building effective partnerships between national and international actors was the theme of the two panels, which were held during the morning session.

Patrice Burger, from CARI, a non-governmental organization in France, moderated the dialogue. The first panel with three women – Marioldy Santivanez of AIDAR, Peru, Fatima Ahmed of Zenab for Women in Development, Sudan, and Eileen de Ravin, UNDP Equator Initiative – presented various kinds of resources women use and need in UNCCD implementation. The second panel was addressed by Sung-gil Lee of Future Forest, Republic of Korea, Christian Houdus, DRYNET, and Jean-Marc Sinnassamy, Global Environment Facility.

The presentations drew attention to the diversity of resources needed at the local level to combat desertification, some initiatives that finance community activities, the value of regional approaches in combatting desertification, the financing and funding of civil society organizations, and the private sector role in combatting desertification.

Respondents emphasized the importance of partnerships with NGOs and the private sector and the roles of CSOs in: education and communication and their flexibility in implementation; generating best practices and inspiring new initiatives and land policies; and the unique opportunity CSOs have to participate in the process.

Some of the questions raised were about: the role of women in the sustainability of projects; the entry point in the activities for the Parties and activities planned for 2014; the opportunities for and obstacles to scaling up the initiatives; and potential communication strategies and private sector strategies to attract more resources for advocacy.

Some of the recommendations for action include: adapting templates for the PRAIS portal; linking resources through the GEF; linking with other conventions to promote CSO participation; involvement of CSOs in the NAP–Alignment process; involving marginalized groups and business in partnerships; and harnessing the involvement of civil society organizations in the implementation of the Convention. Others called for the participation of NGOs from all Parties in the CSO selection panel of the CSOs. The session was adjourned after 1:00pm.

At 10:30pm, the CST met in plenary to adopt its nine decisions and report of the Committee on Science and Technology. Three decisions were adopted following oral amendments. The decisions on: advice on how to best measure progress on strategic objectives 1, 2 and 3 (ICCD/COP(11)/CST/L.6); measures to enable the UNCCD to become a global authority on scientific and technical knowledge (ICCD//COP(11)CST/L.3); and programme of work of the fourth special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (ICCD//COP(11)CST/L.5)

The other decisions adopted by the CST for recommendation to the COP are: reshaping the operation of the CST in line with the 10-Year strategic plan; the UNCCD fellowship programme; the roster of independent experts; improvement of knowledge management, including traditional knowledge, best practices and success stories; and programme of work of the twelfth session of the CST.

The secretariat highlighted the additional budgetary costs arising from the adoption of some of the decisions, and stated that the costs would be referred to the contact group negotiating the budget. The Committee subsequently adopted its report and appointed new Vice-chairs for its 12th Session – Algeria for the Africa Group, Yemen for the Asia and Pacific group, Bosnia & Herzegovina for Central and Eastern Europe and Sonja Gonzales, Peru, for the Latin America and Caribbean Group. CST 11 Chair, Antonia Maghalhaes then called the CST-11 session to a close on Saturday morning, 12:10 am.

Shortly after, the Conference of the Party convened in plenary to consider the recommendations from the Committee.

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As a result of this decision 5/COP10, NGO’s representing non-affected countries civil society cannot be elected on the “selection panel”, which reduces the participatory dimension of the UNCCD… NGOs representing all parties [should] have the opportunity to participate in the selection panel.
European Union -- in reference to decision 5/COP10 reducing the participation
to the section panel established by decision5/COP9.


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