PREPARATIONS IN FULL SWING FOR UNCCD COP11 IN NAMIBIA

12 Jul 2013 11:19

WINDHOEK, July 11 (Bernama) - Preparations are in full swing for the 11th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP11) scheduled in Namibia's capital from Sept 16 to 27.

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism said in a statement between 2,000 and 3,000 delegates are expected to attend the event including Heads of State, ministers and other international dignitaries, Namibian Press Agency NAMPA reported.

This will be the first time that a Conference of Parties of the UNCCD is held in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

Delegates from 195 member countries of UNCCD along with various United Nations organisations and inter-governmental and civil society bodies will meet to debate and seek solutions to improve living conditions in drylands, maintain and restore land and soil productivity, and mitigate effects of droughts.

A national preparatory committee made up of representatives from 38 institutions has been set up.

Namibia will serve as president of UNCCD from the opening day of COP11 until UNCCD COP12 which is set to take place in 2015.

--BERNAMA

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