The COP decided in decision 18/COP.10
that the UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference shall take place in 2014 at the fourth special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-4) on the topic of “Combating DLDD for poverty reduction and sustainable development: the contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices”
The Bureau of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST), with the support of the secretariat, is requested to establish terms of reference and procedures for selection, taking into account regional balance, of a lead institution/consortium, which is qualified in and has expertise in the relevant thematic topic selected by the COP, to organize the UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference under the guidance of the Bureau of the CST. Furthermore the COP requested the CST bureau, with the support of the secretariat, to select the lead institution/consortium at least two years before the future UNCCD scientific conference, in line with the provisions of decision 16/COP.9, paragraph 8.
A progress report on the preparation of the UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference was presented at the CST S-3.