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​Date Title​ ​Venue
​28-29 JUL ​5th Kubuqi International Desert Forum ​Ordos City, Inner Mongolia, China
​12-23 OCT

Twelfth session of the UNCCD Conference of the Parties

​Ankara, Turkey

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In Focus

COP12: Twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, Ankara, Turkey, 12-23 October 2015

The next session of the Convention's decision-making body, the Conference of the Parties (COP), will take place in Ankara, Turkey, from 12 to 23 October 2015, with a high-level (ministerial) segment planned during the second week

Press Accreditation: The accreditation for the media is now open. It will close on 30 September 2015. For detailed information, download the press invitation and also download the application for accreditation form. They are available in French and Spanish too. Pay attention to the number of supporting documents listed in the invite that must be submitted with the application form.

Sponsorship to COP12: The secretariat will sponsor the participation of 15 journalists who meet the criteria to be stipulated in a call to be issued next week. If you wish to be considered for sponsorship, you must also be eligible for accreditation. Therefore, you need to submit both the package with your application for accreditation and the package for sponsorship before the deadline for the application for sponsorship. Please note that once you apply for accreditation, you do not need to register for the conference as requested on the host country website. Click on the link to download the call for applications in English, French or Spanish.

Focus of COP12: During COP12, the outcomes of the Sustainable Development Goals that will be adopted by UN General Assembly in September, especially Goal 15.3 on land degradation, will be among the key issues for consideration by COP 12. The COP is also expected to decide on the actions to be taken to pursue land degradation neutrality in order to ensure that the productive land available stays stable over time. 

Detailed information about COP12 is available on the UNCCD website and the host country website.

Press Invitation English, French, Spanish

Application for Accreditation in English, French, Spanish


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Recent Notable Media Articles

The Land Battle for Sustainable Development, Monique Barbut, Christiana Figueres and Achim Steiner, Project Syndicate, 13 July 2015

Let's grant women land rights and power our future​, Monique Barbut, Inter-Press Service, 4 March 2015. 

Desertification, Monique Barbut, BBC World News - Focus on Africa, 6 February 2015

Du mieux grâce aumigrations, Monique Barbut, Le Huffington Post, 27 December 2014.

Migration for the good, Monique Barbut, HuffingtonPost, 23 December, 2014

Ambitious SDGs are empty without bold action, Monique Barbut, Devex, 12 August 2014

When land is degraded, its people and their prospects are degraded too, Monique Barbut, The Guardian, 8 August 2014

It's time for a global landscape restoration revolution, Monique Barbut and Andrew Steer, Devex, 21 July 2014

Combatting Desertification in the Post-2015 Agenda, Mahmoud Mohieldin, Huffington Post, 17 July 2014

Peak soil threatens future global food security, Reuters, 17 July 2014

Food security is land security, Michael Igoe, Devex, 11 July 2014

All you can eat, the global greed for land, Monique Barbut, Devex, 11 July 2014

Climate Change and desertification a threat to social stability, Monique Barbut, Reuters, 16 April 2014

Intelligent power rationing eases Indian state's irrigation woes, Manipadma Jenna, Reuters, 14 April 2014

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