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United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
UNCCD is a convention to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of droughts through national action programs supported by international cooperation and partnership arrangements. The Convention was adopted in Paris in June 1994, and was opened for signature there on October 14-15. By October 1995, it received 115 signatures, in which the signatory states needed to ratify the Convention to enforce them in their respective countries. The non-signatory states have the option of acceding to the Convention at any time. The permanent secretariat of Convention was established during first Conference of the Parties held in RomeIt has been located in Bonn, Germany since January 1999. The secretariat also provides assistance to affected developing country Parties, particularly those in Africa.

This is important when compiling information and reports required under the Convention. UNCCD activities are coordinated with the secretariats of other relevant international bodies and conventions, like those of UNFCCC and the CBD. NAP(National Action Programmes) are one of the key instruments in the implementation of the Convention. They are strengthened by Action Programmes on Sub-regional and Regional level. It is developed in the framework of a participative approach involving the local communities and they spell out the practical steps in specific ecosystems. The tenth session of the Conference of the Parties to UNCCD will be held at Changwon Exhibition and Convention Center (CECO), Changwon from October 10-21, 2011.

Kim Gyeong-Ah  media@changwon.ac.kr

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