Press Release

UNCCD COP9 Held in Argentina

October 19, 2009

The 9th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP9) was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, last September 21 to October 2, 2009. Representatives of respective parties, International Environmental Organizations and other organizations such as environmental NGOs participated in the session. Representing Japan were the officials from the MOE and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the said session, the COP discussed and adopted several decisions such as "programme and budget for the biennium 2010-2011 following a results-based management approach", "establishment of the CRIC as a standing subsidiary body to the COP in line with the 10-year strategic plan and framework and also the terms of reference of the CRIC", "provisional reporting guidelines and indicators", "strengthening the effectiveness and efficiency of regional coordination mechanisms including provision of one post per region", among others.

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