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News ENB Vol. 4 No. 210 - UNCCD CRIC 7 and CST First Special Session (Desertification) - Issue #2

The seventh session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 7) and first special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-1) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) opened in Istanbul, Turkey, on Monday, 3 November 2008. The joint opening plenary meeting of the two-week session heard opening statements from its Turkish hosts, UNCCD leaders, and some regional groups. Regional groups then convened on Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday, 4 November.

Veysel Eroğlu, Minister of Environment and Forestry of Turkey, said desertification is one of the most important environmental issues at present and emphasized that it causes poverty, migration, unemployment, and food and security threats. He highlighted the role that the ten-year strategic  plan (the Strategy) can play in reducing poverty. Eroğlu stressed the importance of cooperation at the regional as well as international levels. Arguing that “we cannot let the soil disappear in silence”.

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News type Inbrief
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Source of information A Reporting Service for Environment and Development Negotiations
Keyword(s) desertification
Geographical coverage International, Turkey
News date 04/11/2008
Working language(s) ENGLISH