UNCCD events at COP18

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Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day 5  
(ALL-5) Monday, 3 December 2012, 11:00-13:00hrs
Renaissance Hotel (Marriot) Round-Table 6: Climate change resilience in dryland agro-ecosystems Theme: Improving food security and livelihoods in a land degradation neutral world Live webcast
Note: ALL-5 is exclusively focused on drylands ecosystems.

Land for Life Recognition Gala Four Seasons Hotel
Monday, 3 December 2012, 19:00-21:00hrs

This event honors the winners of the 2012 Land for Life Award To attend, RSVP edavila@unccd.int, with a copy to yhori@unccd.int. Seats are limited.

Youth Mobilization Strategies, QNCC, Youth Pavilion, Hall 5
Mini-side event Tuesday, 4 December 2012, 10:00-10:40hrs
Only by shaping the lifestyles of today’s youth can we hope to beat climate change. The 2012 winners of the Land for Life Award, whose success is tied to mobilizing youth share their strategies for success.

Sustainable Solutions for Climate Action – Food Security in the drylands
Tuesday, 4 December 2012, 13:15-14:45hrs

Qatar National Convention Center Side Event Rm1, Hall 5 Title: Under a changing climate The speakers at this high-level event organized by the UN Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), will include Mr. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, H.E. Mr Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiya, UNFCC COP18 President, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, Ms. Christina Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, among others. Internet: http://www.unsceb.org Note: This is not a UNCCD organized event, but it focuses on its core issues.

Land for Life Award Press Conference
Tuesday, 4 December 2012, 13:15-14:45hrs
Qatar National Convention Center Press Conference Room 1, Level 2 (Auditorium 3)
Press Conference on the link between land use/sustainable land management and soil carbon sequestration, drawing on the contributions of the winners of the Land for Life Award. The panelists are: Sheikh Hamad Bin Ali Bin Jassim Al-Thani, Vice-Chair, Qatar National Food Security Programme; Mr. Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification; Ms. Leah Nevada, Director, Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL), Haiti; Mr. Robert Isingoma, Conservation Efforts for Community Development (CECOD), Uganda and Mr. Mehmet Sarigül, General Manager and Executive Board Member, Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion, Turkey.

Grasslands, Climate Change mitigation and adaptation potential
Wednesday, 5 December 2012, 13:15-14:45hrs
Side Event Room 6, Hall 5 Title: While the science shows that the mitigation potential of climate change is high, its measurement, verification and reporting has limited effective policy development in this area. The focus will be on why grasslands offer one of the promising pathways to enhance mitigation and demonstrate practical measurement methods associated with nation action plans. The speakers include: H.E. Mrs Sanjaasuren OYUN, Minister for Environment and Green Development of Mongolia and Luc Gnacadja, UNCCD Executive Secretary.

Climate Smart Agriculture: an all-embracing concept
Thursday, 6 December 2012, 13:15-14:45hrs
Qatar National Convention Center Side Event Rm1, Hall 5 A lot of organizations are advocating climate-smart agricultural approaches such as sustainable land management or agro-ecology as solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation. But what is the potential for synergy at the institutional level and what are trade-offs associated with these approaches. The session will examine these issues. The speakers are Mr. Sergio Zelaya, Mr. Alexandre Meybeck, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Mr. Keith Alverson, United Nations Environment Programme, Ms. Sakhile Koketso, CBD, and Ms. Koko Warner, United Nations University-EHS.

For interviews with the speakers, contact: Ms. Wagaki Mwangi, wmwangi@unccd.int, cell (in Doha) +974-5584 6163.

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