Who is who
The UNCCD is made of up a diverse range of stakeholders, all with different roles and mandates.
National focal points
The national focal point is the official contact for UNCCD issues, and works to implement UNCCD goals at national level. Each Party to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification names a representative to serve as its national focal point (NFP) for the Convention. A list of national focal points is prepared and distributed during each session of the Conference of the Parties. You can search the NFPs per country.
Science and technology correspondents
The Science and Technology Correspondents (STCs) assist National Focal Points (NPFs) in scientific matters related to the implementation of the Convention. This work includes enhancing relationships and networks with the scientific community and technologists at the local, national, regional and global level.You can search the STCs per country.
Members of the Science and Policy Interface (SPI)
The Science-Policy Interface (SPI) works to translate science into policy-relevant recommendations. SPI members and observers contribute to the SPI’s work programme through the provision of timely, clear and well-defined thematic guidance developed thanks to scientific assessments.
The overall aim of the secretariat is to service the Conference of the Parties (COP) and its subsidiary bodies in a manner that enables informed decision-making and successful action in advancing the implementation of the UNCCD. The Secretariat team increases political momentum to achieve the UNCCD’s goals by linking scientific findings with political decision-making.
The UNCCD works with a number of Land Ambassadors, who use their profile and reach to promote the mandate and mission of the convention across the world. Our current land ambassadors include former Presidents, actors, singers and TV celebrities.
The Bureau of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) is responsible for following up on the work of the CST between sessions of the Conference of the Parties (COP). The CST Bureau is composed of the Chairperson and four Vice-Chairpersons, which includes a Rapporteur. New Bureau members are elected at each COP.