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Regional meetings

UNCCD Conference of Parties 16th session | COP16

When: 02 - 13 ديسمبر 2024

Where: Riyadh

The next UNCCD COP16 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – the largest-ever meeting of UNCCD’s 197 Parties, the first to be held in the Middle East region and the largest multilateral conference ever hosted by Saudi Arabia. Happening in the year that also marks the 30th anniversary of the UNCCD. COP16 is set to become a landmark event for accelerating action on land restoration, drought resilience and green transition. More info: https://www.unccd.int/cop16

UNCCD Conference of Parties 16th session | COP16
02-13 ديسمبر 2024
The 7th intersessional meeting of the Bureau of the CST16

When: الجمعة, 22 مارس 2024

Where: Bonn

Approaching to UNCCD COP16, the CST Bureau will hold their next meeting in UN campus, Bonn, Germany on 22  March 2024, back-to-back with the 19th SPI meeting and the Joint session of SPI-Bonn Water Network on land-water nexus. The Bureau meeting will focus its agenda on two key items. One is the way of organization of the Plenary of 16th session of the Committee on Science and Technology as interactive dialogue between the Parties to the SPI and special events of science during COP16. The other is to review and discuss those scientific issues that may benefit COP16 decisions, including: IWG mid-term evaluation on how science will be organized in the UNCCD in the future. Maximizing STCs participation in COP16. Improving communication with STCs. Future arrangements/pathways for the scientific contributions to the UNCCD Strategic Framework and provision of advice on methodological matters related to reporting. Exploring ways to help ensure the secretariat has the capacity and budget to support the UNCCD science agenda. The provisional agenda is attached.

The 7th intersessional meeting of the Bureau of the CST16
22 مارس 2024
Intergovernmental Working Group on Drought 5th meeting

When: 18 - 21 مارس 2024

Where: La Serena

The Conference of Parties at its fifteenth session (UNCCD COP 15) established an Intergovernmental Working Group on Drought  during the triennium 2022 - 2024, tasked with identifying and evaluating global policy instruments and regional policy frameworks in the context of the national plans to effectively manage drought under the Convention, including supporting a shift from reactive to proactive drought management. Leading up to UNCCD COP16, the group will hold the next (fifth) meting in La Serena, Chile on 18-21 March 2024) and the sixth and final meeting will take place in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 3-6 June 2024 to address the following topics: Financing mechanisms for drought resilience; Setting of global target and global work programme for drought resilience Legally binding protocol or Amendment to the Convention Non-legally binding decisions, political declaration, or other kind of non-legally binding instruments outside the Convention

Intergovernmental Working Group on Drought 5th meeting
18-21 مارس 2024
UNCCD Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention CRIC21

When: 13 - 17 نوفمبر 2023

Where: Samarkand

The twenty-first session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 21) to the UNCCD will take place at the Silk Road Samarkand Congress Center, in Samarkand, Uzbekistan from 13 to 17 November 2023.   Consultations of affected country Parties of the Convention’s regional implementation annexes for Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Northern Mediterranean and Central and Eastern Europe in preparation for CRIC 21 will be convened on 12 November 2023, at the Silk Road Samarkand Congress Center. At CRIC 21 Parties will review the assessment of implementation of the UNCCD along the Strategic Objectives of the 2018 – 2030 UNCCD Strategic Framework and its implementation framework with a view of providing targeted recommendations on strategic objectives. Updates on specific activities supporting Parties in their voluntary Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) target-setting efforts and on how they advance action towards implementation with the support of the Global Mechanism and relevant Partners, including the LDN Fund will be also presented. Furthermore, the Intergovernmental Working Group on effective policy and implementation measures for addressing drought under the UNCCD will present its progress report for consideration by Parties at CRIC21. Also, in line with decision 7/COP15 (Annex I), participatory consultations on the conclusions and recommendations of the independent assessment will be conducted to identify possible future action to further enhance the implementation of the UNCCD 2018–2030 Strategic Framework. In accordance with requests made by Parties, the session will facilitate interactive exchanges among Parties and their development partners on topics selected by the Bureau of the CRIC. A high- level event on Sand and Dust Storms will be organized by the Government of Uzbekistan under the aegis of the CRIC 21. The provisional agenda (ICCD/CRIC(21)/1) and the pre-session documentation are being made available on the CRIC21 official documents page In order to assist delegations in preparing for the conference, a document entitled “Information for participants” (ICCD/CRIC(21)/INF.1) will also be made available shortly on the same CRIC21 webpage. Online registration will be available from 11 September 2023 at the following link: www.unccd.int/cric-21-online-registration

UNCCD Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention CRIC21
13-17 نوفمبر 2023
The 3rd meeting of the Intergovernmental Working Group on Drought

When: 21 - 23 يونيو 2023

Where: Madrid

The 3rd meeting of the UNCCD Intergovernmental Working Group on Drought is currently underway in Madrid, Spain. Opened by the Vice-president and Minister for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge of Spain Teresa Ribera, and UNCCD Deputy Executive Secretary Andrea Meza, the meeting brings together the elected representatives of UNCCD regional groups, together with experts and civil society observes. The purpose of the meeting is to advance the development of global policy options for proactive drought management and improved drought resilience. Together with Senegal, Spain is the co-chair of the International Drought Resilience Alliance – a global collaborative platform that supports countries and communities undertaking the urgent shift from emergency drought response to increasing resilience through a more coordinated and effective early action.

The 3rd meeting of the Intergovernmental Working Group on Drought
21-23 يونيو 2023