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Science, Technology and Knowledge

"Science, technology and knowledge" is one of the key areas of action of the Strategy, which aims to make the UNCCD "a global authority on scientific and technical knowledge pertaining to desertification/land degradation and mitigation of the effects of drought (DLDD)" (Operational objective 3). The CST was given primary responsibility to fulfil this objective. and its operations were reshaped in order to enable the attainment of this objective. 


"Land in Balance", the second Science-Policy Brief by the SPI
18/10/2016 - ​The science-policy brief 'Land in Balance' gives an overview of the scientific conceptual framework for land degradation neutrality (LDN) which is being developed by the SPI. The conceptual framework creates a common understanding of the LDN objective and consistency in approaches to achieving LDN. ​ More...​​

"Pivotal Soil Carbon", the first Science-Policy Brief by the SPI
20/11/2015 - "Pivotal Soil Carbon", the first Science-Policy Brief by the SPI​, gives an overview of the key role of soil carbon in climate change mitigation and adaptation, soil fertility and biodiversity conservation. ​ More...​

CST 12 held in Ankara, Turkey, adopts 6 decisions, including the workplan for the SPI
22/10/2015 - The CST 12 meetings had very interactive and lively discussions, and featured presentations by various stakeholders involved in the process. Six draft decisions were adopted in the closing session.

SPI side event at COP 12
8/10/2015 - The Science-Policy Interface (SPI) invites Parties and stakeholder to exchange views on its mandate and work in a side event on Thursday, 15 October. More...​

CST 12: Draft texts for consultation
1/10/2015 - Draft texts for consultation relating to the CST 12 agenda are available for downloading. More...​

Climate change and land degradation: Bridging knowledge and stakeholders
10/09/2015 - The new UNCCD publication "Climate change and land degradation: Bridging knowledge and stakeholders" presents the outcomes of the UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference. More...
Report of the 2nd meeting of the Science-Policy Interface
08/05/2015 - The report of the 2nd meeting of the Science-Policy Interface (SPI) held from 7-8 March 2015 in Cancun, Mexico, has been released. More...​

UNCCD 3rd scientific conference: updated programme and new documents​
18/02/2015 - The detailed conference programme, list of side-events, book of abstracts and impulse report of the UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference  are now available. More...

4th special session of the CST and UNCCD 3rd scientific conference
7/11/2014 - Get involved in these important events scheduled from 9 to 12 March 2015 in Cancún, Mexico. Information for applications on side events and exhibitions are now available. More...

Science-Policy Interface holds its first meeting
27/06/14 - The first meeting of the Science Policy Interface (SPI) took place at the UNCCD headquarters in Bonn, Germany, on 24-26 June. The SPI agreed on its work programme up to COP 12. More...
UNCCD 3rd scientific conference: call for abstracts
13/06/2014 - The UNCCD 3rd scientific conference will be held from 9 to 12 March 2015 in Mexico.The call for abstracts is now open until15 September 2014. More...
Composition of the Science-Policy Interface announced
22/05/2014 - The composition of the Science-Policy Interface has been disclosed. Its inaugural meeting will take place in Bonn from 24 to 26 June 2014. More...

Strengthening the Dialogue between Scientists and DLDD Policymakers: Moving forward in operationalizing the Science-Policy Interface
12/02/2014 - The Bureau of the Committee on Science and Technology met on 4-6 February in Bonn to develop the foundation for the new Science-Policy Interface (SPI) as decided by COP11. More...

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