Agendas for UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference, CST S-3 and CRIC 11 Available

26 March 2013: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has released the final agenda for the upcoming 2nd Scientific Conference, as well as the agendas for the third special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-3) and the eleventh meeting of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 11).

CST S-3 and the UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference will convene from 9-12 April 2013, at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany. Immediately following these events, regional preparatory meetings will convene, to feed into CRIC 11, which will take place from 15-19 April, at the same venue.

Participants at the UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference will consider the theme “Economic assessment of desertification, sustainable land management and resilience of arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas.” The Scientific Conference is organized by the Global Risk Forum (GRF) Davos, as the lead institution, under the guidance of the CST Bureau. The agenda includes opening statements by Antonio Rocha Magalhães, CST Chair; Luc Gnacadja, UNCCD Executive Secretary; Walter J. Ammann, President and CEO, Global Risk Forum GRF Davos; and Tarja Halonen, Former President of Finland, who will address the topic of "Looking at the challenges of Post 2015."

The CST S-3 deliberations will include: the work of the ad hoc Advisory Group of Technical Experts (AGTE) in refining the impact indicators; a review of scientific information submitted by affected country Parties during the 2012 reporting and review cycle; and preparations for the UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference, which will consider the theme “Combating desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) for poverty reduction and sustainable development: the contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices.”

The CRIC 11 agenda includes an analysis of information contained in reports: from country Parties and others on operational objectives 1 to 4 of the UNCCD's 10-Year Strategy, related to performance indicators; from affected country Parties on strategic objectives 1 to 3 of the Strategy, related to impact indicators; and from country Parties, UN agencies, the Global Mechanism and the UNCCD Secretariat related to financial flows for implementation of the Convention. Delegates will also, inter alia, review information regarding the mid-term evaluation of the Strategy and have an open dialogue session with civil society organizations. [CST S-3 documents] [2nd Scientific Conference website] [CRIC 11 documents]