GUIDE TO THE NEGOTIATIONS No 16 – United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification – 12th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) – From 12 to 23 October, 2015 – Ankara, TURKEY
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The publication of this Guide to the negotiations of the 12th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 12) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is part of the support the Institut de la Francophonie pour le développement durable (IFDD) provides to francophone negotiators, and more generally to francophone countries, with regard to sustainable land and forests management, and desertification.
The Guide to UNCCD negotiations provides information on the content of the Convention, including its institutions, mechanisms and history as well as on the issues under consideration. It is addressed first and foremost to the delegates of the various countries participating in international meetings on desertification. It will also be useful to the public and representatives of non-governmental and international organizations interested in international developments in the field of desertification, land degradation and drought.
The first part of the Guide synthesizes information about the general context of the UNCCD since the Rio Summit in 1992. It presents the Convention: its genesis, institutions, main provisions, implementation strategy and stakeholders.
The second part presents the past meetings of the various institutions of the UNCCD. This part opens with a timeline of the various sessions, followed by highlights of each of them. This section puts into perspective the issues that will be discussed at the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties.
The third part of the Guide covers the issues to be addressed at COP 12, at the fourteenth session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 14) and at the twelfth session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST 12).
Finally, the fourth part of the document contains fact sheets to serve as reference for the readers. These fact sheets cover topics that relate to the UNCCD and to practical issues that may sometimes be of interest to negotiators.
A Summary for policymakers accompanies the Guide to the negotiations of the COP 12 to the UNCCD.