27 Aug 2013 09:10
WINDHOEK, 27 AUG (NAMPA) - Temporary structures are being set up at the Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino (WCCR) for the COP 11 meeting, slated for September this year.
Between 2 000 and 3 000 delegates are expected to attend the 11th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP11), which takes place here from 16 to 27 September.
Dave Gladwin, the venues technical director at Conference Systems, told Nampa on Tuesday that his company will build two domes which will serve as conference centres for the two major meetings taking place during the event.
Conference Systems has been appointed as the events manager for the UNCCD COP 11.
Another three big marquees and normal canvas tents will be set up as well, which will also serve as meeting rooms and office space.
The UN needs about 100 offices, and we do not have that kind of space at the WCCR. We are busy building temporary conference and meeting rooms, as well as office space, he stated.
Gladwin boasted that his company is ahead of schedule in the setting-up of these structures for the international conference.
This is the first time that the conference will be hosted in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.
Delegates from the 195 country parties to the UNCCD, various United Nations (UN) organisations as well as inter-governmental and civil society organisations will convene in the capital to debate and arrive at solutions towards improving the living conditions of people in drylands; maintaining and restoring land and soil productivity; and mitigating the effects of droughts.
In addition to the conference, a two-week exhibition in which organisations and countries from around the world will showcase and share their good practices in a wide range of areas relating to sustainable land management and its role in enhancing food security and poverty alleviation, will also take place.
Technical side-events and seminars in which diverse issues relating to the objectives of the convention will be presented and discussed by various organisations, are furthermore set to take place during the conference.
Also planned is a high-level segment on 23 and 24 September, in which ministers and heads of delegations will bring political momentum to the deliberations of country parties on the best options to foster the implementation of the convention; as well as a two-day business forum on sustainable land management, also on 23 and 24 September, which will bring together business leaders, politicians, experts and other stakeholders from across the globe.
Namibia will serve as president of the UNCCD from the opening day of COP 11 until UNCCD COP 12, which is scheduled to take place in 2015.