The Roster of independent Experts has been established in accordance with article 24, paragraph 2, of the Convention
. It is maintained and managed by the UNCCD Secretariat.
The purpose of the roster is to provide the COP with an up-to-date list of independent experts in the various fields of specialization relating to combating desertification and mitigating the effects of drought, from which members of ad hoc panels
may be selected.
The roster includes over 1900 independent experts from 94 parties (as per June 2013).Nomination of experts
The roster is based on nominations received from Parties, taking into account the need for a multidisciplinary approach and broad geographical representation.
To become a member of the roster, an expert must fill the application form
and send it to the respective National Focal Point
, which will take care of the official transmission to the UNCCD Secretariat.Update of the Roster
The roster is updated on a regular basis by the UNCCD secretariat, in order to ensure that information on single experts is reported correctly.
If you are an expert and you want to update your data, please inform your National Focal Point.Access to the Roster
To find detailed information on all the experts nominated by a single country, you must first select the country
from this page. Once the information page of the country is displayed, you can click on Roster of Experts under National Contacts.Relevant documentsParagraph 2 of Article 24 of the Convention
provides that: "The Conference of the Parties shall establish and maintain a roster of independent experts with expertise and experience in the relevant fields. The roster shall be based on nominations received in writing from the Parties, taking into account the need for a multidisciplinary approach and broad geographical representation." Decision 18/COP.1
outlines that the purpose of the roster is to provide the COP with an up-to-date list of independent experts in the various fields of specialization relating to combating desertification and mitigating the effects of drought, from which members of ad hoc panels may be selected.
provided further guidance on the maintenance and evolution of the roster. Specifically:
- It invited Parties to revise and update the details of existing national experts, and to propose new candidates for the roster in order to achieve better representation of all relevant disciplines, including traditional and local knowledge, know-how and practices, and of women, and a more balanced geographical distribution of non-governmental organizations
- It urged Parties that have not yet nominated experts for the roster to do so, as they deem necessary, and provide full postal and e-mail addresses, through regular diplomatic channels, no later than six months before the eleventh session of the COP (COP 11)
- It requested the CST to review the current list of disciplines
- It directed the secretariat to set up web-based facilities to ease the process of updating the roster, and requested the secretariat to report to the COP 11 on progress made in implementing this decision.