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April 2014 - Inception Workshop for "Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation in Tourism Sector Development in Jordan": The inception workshop for the project “Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation in Toursim Sector Development in Jordan” was successfully held and widely attended on April 22, 2014 at the Landmark Hotel in Amman, Jordan. Attendees included representatives and focal points of the project partner institutions... Read more

February 2014 - 12th Advisory Committee Meeting of the Programme of Catalytic Support to Implement the UNCCD in West Asia and North Africa: The twelfth annual meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Programme was held on 26-27 February 2014 in Jordan, with the following objectives: to discuss Programme achievements and challenges in 2013; to agree on the 2014 workplan including South-South Cooperation activities; to facilitate experience exchange among Programme partners; to showcase Programme supported activities in Jordan; to approve annual reports and seek guidance for the way forward (Core Management Group)... Read more

January 2014  - President Tarja Halonen becomes UNCCD Drylands Ambassador - Press Release

September 2013 - UNCCD COP11: The eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP11) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) convened from 16-27 September 2013 in Windhoek, Namibia under the theme "A stronger UNCCD for a land-degradation neutral world". Over 3000 delegates, including 45 ministerial participants, attended the two-week COP during which the parties aimed to define the action needed to improve land management at all levels... Read more

April 2013 - 11th Advisory Committee Meeting of the Programme of Catalytic Support to Implement the UNCCD in West Asia and North Africa: 
The eleventh annual meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Programme was held on 4-5 April 2013 in Tunisia, with the following objectives: to launch the new Programme Phase (2013-2016); to validate the Results Monitoring Framework of the Programme; to present country activities agreed with partners; to facilitate experience exchange among partners; and to discuss Programme management matters (Core Management Group)... Read more

Launch of Programme's new phase (2013-2016): In June 2011, an independent evaluation commissioned by the Government of Finland and UNDP concluded to the good performance of the "Programme of Catalytic Support to Implement the Convention to Combat Desertification in West Asia and North Africa", highlighted its efficiency in the use of development assistance funds and recommended its extension for a new phase... Read more

February 2013 - Workshop to Launch the Project "Projet d'Appui au Programme de Renforcement des capacités Humaines et d'Assistance Technique (PA-PRCHAT): On 14 February 2013, the General Directorate of Forests at the Ministry of Agriculture in Algeria, in collaboration with UNDP Algeria organized a workshop to launch the project "Projet d'Appui au Programme de Renforcement des capacités Humaines et d'Assistance Technique (PA-PRCHAT)". The main objective of this workshop was to officially mark the launch of the project by presenting it to the concerned parties, stakeholders and institutional implementing partners... Read more

Support to Rio+20 Preparations - Morocco: In preparation for Rio+20, Morocco initiated a comprehensive consultative process involving:The elaboration of the report “Livre Blanc” which presents a synthesis of the efforts and achievements of the Government of Morocco since 1992 in terms of sustainable development as well as the main axes of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development, currently under preparation; Mobilization of national and local actors and the documentation and sharing of good practices in sustainable development with particular emphasis on the oasis exosystem; Organization of a side event during the Rio + 20 Conference on national policy in Green economy and Governance in the context of sustainable development and poverty alleviation as well as the theme of “Resilient Oases”... Read more

March 2012 - Signature of UNCCD-UNDP Programme of Cooperation: On 28 March 2012, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) signed a Programme of Cooperation that formalizes a long-standing strategic partnership to address poverty among the poorest populations on Earth... Read more

March 2012 - Cérémonie de Signature et Atelier de Démarrage du Projet « Amélioration de la Gouvernance locale de l’eau potable en milieu rural dans les Gouvernorats de Béja, Bizerte, Kasserine et Zaghouan »: A l’occasion de la Journée Mondiale de l’Eau (22 Mars), le Bureau du PNUD en Tunisie en collaboration avec le Ministère de l’Agriculture et Coca-Cola Foundation ont organisé l’atelier de démarrage du projet «Amélioration de la Gouvernance locale de l’eau potable en milieu rural dans les Gouvernorats de Béja, Bizerte, Kasserine et Zaghouan »... Read more

December 2011 - UNDDD Celebrations: The Ministry of Land Planning and Environment in Algeria and in collaboration with the World Deserts Foundation and the UNCCD Secretariat organized on 15-17 December 2011 in Tinerkouk, Timimoun the observance events of the UN Decade for Deserts and the fight against Desertification... Read more

Nov/Dec 2011 - 10th Advisory Committee Meeting of the Programme of Catalytic Support to Implement the UNCCD in West Asia and North Africa: The tenth annual meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Programme was held on 30 November and 1 December 2011 in Lebanon, with the following objectives: To present Programme achievements in 2011 and the workplan for 2012; To highlight the results and recommendations of the mid-term review; To discuss the way forward of the Programme; To visit Programme-supported activities in Lebanon; To enhance experience exchange among Programme partners; and To approve annual reports and agree on steps for the way forward... Read more

Septembre 2011 - Atelier Produits des Terroirs Oasien et Saharien des Provinces du Sud: Dans le cadre du “Programme de Développement Territorial Durable des Provinces du Sud“ (PDTS), un atelier intitulé “Atelier produits des terroirs oasien et saharien des Provinces du Sud” a été organisé à Rabat le 09 Septembre 2011... Read more

July 2011 - Algeria - Support to NAP Alignment Workshop: The Programme supported the Ministry of Agriculture, General Directorate of Forests (National Focal Point for the UNCCD) in the organization of a national « NAP Alignment » workshop on 27-28 July... Read more

May/June 2011 - Programme Mid-Term Review: An external Mid-Term Review of the Programme was conducted as a joint effort by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and UNDP in May-June 2011.  The Objective was to assess the extent of achievement of the intended results defined in the agreement for Phase IV signed between MFA and UNDP in 2009 and identify opportunities, challenges and lessons learnt during implementation... Read more

March 2011 - PDTS Annual Meeting of the Steering Committee: The Steering Committee of the PDTS held its annual meeting in Rabat on 22 March 2002; it was co-chaired by the Director of Agence du Sud and the UN Resident Coordinator, in presence of the Governor of the Guelmin Es-Smara Region, the Ambassador of Finland, government/elected officials as well as civil society and private sector actors from the program area... Read more

January 2011 - First Stakeholders Meeting of the Petra Ecotourism Project: In Jordan, the Programme is supporting the development of a GEF project for "Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Land Management Practices into Tourism Activities in Petra to Enhance the Livelihoods of the Local Communities". Within the framework of this support, the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA) organized the First Stakeholders' Meeting on 10-11 January 2011 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in the city of Wadi Moussa in Petra... Read more

December 2010 - Morocco Side-Event at the UNFCC COP16 in Cancun: As the Programme evolves, considerable efforts are made to mobilize partners and resources for drylands development and integrate drylands issues into national and international development agendas. In this context, discussions were held with the national partners in Morocco on how best to channel Programme support on mainstreaming. After careful evaluation of options, it was agreed that this support will be channeled within the framework of the project "Sustainable Territorial Development of Southern Provinces"... Read more

November 2010 - 9th Advisory Committee Meeting of the Programme of Catalytic Support to Implement the UNCCD in West Asia and North Africa: The 9th Advisory Committee and Partners' Meeting of the Programme was held on 11 and 12 November 2010 in Tighmert, Morocco with the following objectives: to present Programme achievements in 2010 and the 2011 workplan;to visit Programme-supported activities in the Oasis of Tighmert;to discuss the evolution of the Programme and the way forward;to enhance experience exchange among Programme partners;to approve annual reports and agree on the steps for the way forward... Read more

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