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UNU-INWEH and other UN Committees Establish A Report Upon UNCCD COP-11 Conference in Namibia

The Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) endorsed a decision developed by its Committee on Science & Technology (CST) to establish a science-policy interface (SPI) to enhance the UNCCD as a global authority on land degradation and sustainable land management. This follows a year long development of a modular mechanism to input science into the convention by a 12-member ad hoc working group (AGSA) that included Dr. Richard Thomas, Assistant Director for Drylands at UNU-INWEH.

The proposed modules consist of a Science-Policy interface, an independent group of scientists and Regional Science and Technology Hubs. The SPI is an intergovernmental interface that will consist of members of the Bureau of the CST, 5 scientists nominated from each regional implementation annex of the UN,  10 scientists chosen through an open call and 3 observers one each from civil society, an international organization and a relevant UN organization. It represents a smaller more nimble process than. For example, the current Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that supports the UNFCCC.

May delegates at the COP opined that the decision to establish the SPI provides the UNCCD the best opportunity yet to help it identify and analyze land degradation issues and to translate knowledge into appropriate policy recommendations. Some believe that the SPI could turn the fortunes of the convention through building a new foundation on solid science.

Details of the AGSA report and COP decision can be found here.

To read more view the advance copy, click here.