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UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference

The UNCCD 3rd scientific conference on “Combating desertification, land degradation and drought for poverty reduction and sustainable development – the contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices” (decision 18/COP.10) will take place at the fourth special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-4) from 9 to 12 March 2015 in Cancun, Mexico.
Global changes are expected to aggravate DLDD and the vulnerability of populations, particularly those living in drylands. The conference will therefore focus on how to anticipate the impact of climate change and land degradation, in order to be able to promote adaptive and sustainable land management approaches to reduce poverty and land degradation while achieving sustainable development.
A conference impulse report entitled "Climate change and desertification: Anticipating, assessing & adapting to future change in drylands" was prepared  to inform the conference deliberations. The executive summary of this report is available in the six languages of the United Nations as contained in document ICCD/CST(S-4)/2.
The book of abstracts gathers the abstracts of the 197 contributions which will be presented at the conference as posters. 
The detailed conference programme and the list of side events​​ are available on the UNCCD 3rd scientific conference website. 
The conference is organized by the consortium "Scientific & Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development" (STK4SD) under the guidance of the Bureau of the CST.
The members of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) were selected by the Steering Committee at its meeting on 14 September 2013 in Windhoek, Namibia.

Registration as well as application for side events and for booths are now closed.

The call for journalists wishing to participate at the CST S-4 and UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference is still open. More information, the application form and the press kit can be found here.  ​ 

Unfortunately the UNCCD secretariat will be unable to provide financial support to participate in the event. Grant opportunities may be offered by various other organizations and are listed in the UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace as a service.

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