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The Secretariats of the Rio Conventions and the Global Environment Facility are pleased to announce the convening of the Rio Conventions Pavilion (RCP) at the twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP12), hosted by the Government of Turkey.

COP12 will take place in Ankara, Turkey from 12-23 October 2015 at the Congresium Ankara-ATO International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Decision-makers from 195 parties to the Convention along with CSOs, academic institutions and the private sector will attend COP12 to discuss solutions to issues related to desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD).

The objective of COP12 is to determine realistic steps that can be taken to rehabilitate degraded land on a large scale. This year’s COP is particularly important because of the effect it can have on the implementation strategies to reach theSustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the forthcoming  2015 UNFCCC Climate Change Conference in Paris (UNFCCC COP21) outcomes. Getting land degradation neutrality (LDN) accepted as part of the SDG’s is necessary to accomplish many of the other global goals concerning climate change mitigation, gender equality, biodiversity conservation, and food and water security.

In order to provide the opportunity to COP12 delegates to deepen their understanding of these issues, the Rio Conventions Pavilion (RCP) will host various engaging programmes, workshops and activities from Monday, 12 October through Thursday, 22 October.

Each day at the RCP will be centered on a different theme relevant to combatting desertification. Throughout the week, discussions concerning indigenous peoples’ role as sustainable land managers, as well as talks regarding the importance of gender equality in the land sector will be held. Further themes include—but are not limited to—the land’s role in mitigating climate change through land rehabilitation and ecosystem restoration. The final day of RCP activities will focus on how the land sector can be play a crucial role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

By working together and implementing appropriate policies, the world can reach land degradation neutrality. Conference participants can bolster and broaden stakeholder engagement by encouraging more involvement in the identification and development of solutions to land degradation by  parliamentarians, civil society organizations and the private sector. The RCP themes will inspire, educate and offer networking opportunities that will motivate and help delegates to work together to reach land degradation neutrality.

The programme for the RCP at COP12 will be posted on this site shortly. For further information and partnership enquiries, please contact:

Yukie Hori, Communication Team Leader, UNCCD secretariat


For further information about COP12 including a calendar of side and parallel events, please visit here.


Related links

Agenda for the 12th session of the UNCCD is available here.

Turkish government’s official website is available here.

The official website for UNCCD is available here.