The thirteenth (13th) Session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 13) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) took place from the 25-27 March, 3015 in Bonn, Germany. CRIC 13 was preceded in Bonn by meetings of the Regional Implementation Annexes, from the 23-24 March, 2015.
A bird’s eye view of the dais during the discussion on “Formulation, revision and implementation of action programmes in view of the post-2015 sustainable development framework” Photo credit: IISD Reporting Services ( March 26, 2015)
Delegates included representatives from governments, intergovernmental organizations and civil society organizations, attended the meeting. Trinidad and Tobago was represented Mr. Julius Smith, Environmental Biologist, Environmental Policy Analyst, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources.
At CRIC 13, informed by country reports, other reporting entities and goals of the UNCCD’s Ten Year Strategy (2008-2018), discussions focused on assessing the implementation of the Convention based on five (5) operational objectives; advocacy, awareness-raising and education; policy framework; science, technology and knowledge; and financing and technology transfer. Additionally, CRIC participants reviewed financial support for the implementation of the Convention, and implementation of action programmes in view of the post-2015 sustainable development framework.
Of the submitted reports reviewed at the CRIC 13, it was ascertained that there were gaps in implementation which left participants questioning whether the Convention was collecting the right information to instigate further action and whether other tools, could enhance implementation.
Some tools that were suggested included, studies on the costs of inaction in addressing land degradation, enhancing synergies with the Rio Conventions, or adopting a global target such as land degradation neutrality.
At the end of CRIC 13, a draft report was produced which included recommendations for further consideration at the CRIC 14 and the twelfth (12th) session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNCCD (COP-12) which will take place on October 12 - 23, 2015 in Ankara, Turkey.