UNCCD COP12 in Ankara Turkey

The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) l hosted its Twelfth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) in Ankara, Turkey, from 12 October to 23 October 2015. The conference took place at the Congresium Ankara-ATO International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Decision-makers from 195 member states attended COP12 to discuss solutions to issues related to desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD).

The COP’s two subsidiary bodies, the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) and the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC), also convened in Ankara during COP12. The CST represents the scientific platform for collaborations with the UNCCD, and l met for its 12th session. The CRIC is responsible for reviewing implementation efforts for the convention. It will convene for its 14th session.

COP delegates hope to strengthen and expand stakeholder engagement and encourage more involvement of the parliamentarians, civil society organizations and the private sector in identifying and developing solutions to land degradation. Through collaboration and policy implementation, achieving a land degradation neutral (LDN) world is within reach. The UNCCD also hopes to garner support for the Global Land Outlook, an in-progress publication to serve as a reference document for businesses looking to support sustainable initiatives
A lot more was planned around the COP. Ahead of United Nations General Assembly, the Economics of Land Degradation initiative issued a report on the findings of the studies undertaken so far. Social media campaigns to mobilize public awareness and support for the COP outcomes took place. A media training conducted for journalists, including non-sponsored journalists

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