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Capacity Building Lecture 2013: "Cross-cutting capacity building for the implementation of the Rio conventions"

The University of Namibia (UNAM) in Windhoek, in collaboration with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) will hold the first UNCCD Capacity Building Lecture on Saturday September 21st.

This lecture is part of a series of activities being held in conjunction with Namibia’s hosting of the  11th Session of the UNCCD Conference  of  Parties (COP11) scheduled for the Windhoek Country Club and Resort in the capital. The lecture, organized by the University of Namibia and the UNCCD Capacity Building Office is a major event to the UNCCD conference.

Desertification, along with climate change and the loss of biodiversity, were identified as the greatest challenges to sustainable development during the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. The UNCCD is one of the three conventions that resulted from the RIO Summit (the Rio conventions). The UNCCD  specifically addresses the arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas, known as the drylands, where some of the most vulnerable ecosystems and peoples can be found. 

Capacity building (the development, sharing and application of knowledge, skills and technology) is a key element in the efforts to ensure the efficacious implementation of the Convention. The featured speaker, Dr. Richard Byron-Cox, UNCCD's Capacity Building Officer, will address the topic “Cross-cutting capacity building for the implementation of the Rio conventions”.  Dr. Byron-Cox is an international law specialist and trained diplomat who has been employed with the UNCCD for nearly two decades. He is also an author and has lectured in various universities around the world. 

The lecture will be introduced by Dr. Cornelia N. Shimwooshili Shaimemanya, Director of Postgraduate Studies of the University if Namibia and is open to all students, pre-students, NGOs, CSOs and the public at large. 

Date: September 21st, 2013. From 11:00 - 13:00
Venue: School of Medicine Campus, UNAM
Admission Free.

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