Other meetings & events
When: 10 March 2024 - 27 April 2024
As we gear up to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Convention on 17 June, cultural events around Bonn – home of the Secretariat and the host of this year's Desertification and Drought Day global observance – reflect the city's mission as the hub of international cooperation and cultural diversity. The 2024 edition of the Over the Border Music Diversity Festival, which UNCCD has been supporting throughout its eight-year history, will present a musical journey through urban Afrobeats, jazz sessions, Latin salsa and cumbia, Balkan beats and Celtic folk evenings. This year's festival will bring a total of 132 artists from 29 countries to 14 concerts at seven venues across the City of Bonn. More info: https://www.overtheborder-festival.de
When: Monday, 26 February 2024
The UNCCD Civil Society Organization Panel invites you to a stakeholder consultation on 26 February at 14:00 CET to assess the outcomes of the recent Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention and chart a clear path forward for CSOs to contribute and participate in the UNCCD COP16 in Riyadh. You will have an opportunity to share your insights, concerns and recommendations together with your peers dedicated to combating land degradation. This meeting will provide an opportunity to take an active part in shaping the global response to one of the world's most pressing environmental challenges and shape the priorities in achieving land degradation neutrality worldwide: https://bit.ly/3SRGlUy
When: 26 - 28 February 2024
National Focal Points of the Arab League countries are coming together for a negotiation training in preparation for the upcoming COP16 in Saudi Arabia in December 2024, the first to be held in the Middle East region and the largest multilateral conference ever hosted by Saudi Arabia Organized in partnership with the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD) and the Moroccan government, through the National Agency for Water and Forests, the capacity-building session presents an opportunity to sharpen the negotators' skills and deepen the understanding of environmental priorities in the region. At in the opening ceremony, Ms. Birguy Lamizana, the UNCCD Chief of Global Policy Advocacy and Regional Cooperation, commended, on behalf of the UNCCD Executive Secretary, the tripartite partnership that provided an opportunity for constructive discussions to advance participants' expertise in the negotiations process on the road to Riadh.
When: 20 - 22 February 2024
The FIG Climate Compass Task Force is holding a series of three virtual seminars across different global time zones across February 20-22, 2024 with: Diverse global expert surveying/geospatial practitioners providing case studies of climate impacts and resilience Audience-driven brainstorming livescribed to inform the FIG Climate Compass Task Force's latest FIG publication Extensive audience involvement and interactivity for learning, sharing and problem-solving discussion Together, we will be defining and assessing what the big global land, carbon and biodiversity issues are that are relevant for surveyors working at national and local levels. This means thinking about what the legal, policy, financial, and capacity implications are for rolling out new solutions at the scale necessary. There will be a total of three meetings held across the three major global time zones to reach all participants interested in climate no matter where around the world. Speakers and registration links for each are available below - please register for the ones accessible to your time zone here: Tue Feb 20, 2024 0900 GMT: Europe/Africa (0900 CET start) Asia Pacific (1900 AEDT start) - https://bit.ly/FIG-CCTF-TF-Meeting-Seminar-01-EurAfrOc Dr. Paul van Asperen works as Advisor, Digital Framework Environmental Act, Department of Waterways and Public Works, the Netherlands. He has a Ph.D in land administration. His presentation will cover the Netherlands experience with their new environmental planning act and how the new digital framework will support it. Dr. Eranda Gunathilaka, Senior Lecturer at Faculty of Geomatics, Sabaragamuwa University, Sri Lanka. He has a Ph.D in tidal monitoring and is Chair of FIG Commission 4 on Hydrography. He will speak on Sri Lanka's national environmental plan (NDC) and surveying challenges and opportunities. Ms. Rumbidzai Chivizhe has an Engineering Masters (Geomatics) and is a Lecturer at Midlands State University in Zimbabwe. She will speak on how to use a range of survey tools to monitor flooding from tropical cyclones. ·Wed Feb 21, 2024 2300 GMT: Asia Pacific (0900 AEDT start) Americas (1700 EST start) - https://bit.ly/FIG-CCTF-TF-Meeting-Seminar-01-APAC-Ams Dr. Charisse Griffith-Charles is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management at the University of West Indies in the Caribbean. She will speak on informal settlement regularisation, disaster management and small island developing states (SIDS) using the extensive work she has done on this in the field. Ms. Kate Fairlie, with a Masters from Oxford University in Sustainable Development, works for a globally respected Australian surveying company, Land Equity International, as a land administration specialist. From their work in the region she will present 4 case studies from Asia-Pacific linking land and climate. Third speaker TBC/an expert from China will speak on coping with climate change. Thur Feb 22, 2024 1500 GMT: Americas (0900 EST start) Europe/Africa (1500 CET start) - https://bit.ly/FIG-CCTF-TF-Meeting-Seminar-01-AmsEurAfr Ms. Usue Donezar is the Expert Lead at the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service (CLMS) within Europe. She has 2 Masters degrees (Geoinformation Science; Law and political science). She will speak on Copernicus' climate change service, its free data sets and dashboards used by the world on climate, land, water and marine. Mr. Simon Peter Mwesigye is a Land Tenure specialist at UN-Habitat supporting Ugandan country operations. He is a valuer with a Land Management Masters. He will talk on customary tenure and local forms of land certificates within the national land administration system linked to natural resource certificates for access to wetlands. Mr. Nelson Nieto is an environmental engineer specializing in GIS and climate change. He is a researcher in the field of Earth Observation Technologies of the Research and Prospective Directorate of the Geographic Institute Agustín Codazzi. In his professional and research career he has developed and led research projects in cooperation with international entities in the study and monitoring of natural resources, strategic ecosystems, territorial studies, and risk management.