The State Forestry Administration of the People’s Republic of China (SFA) and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) will organize an International Conference on Combating Desertification, from 22-24 January 2008, in Beijing, China.
The Conference will bring together senior government decision-makers, representatives of local authorities, officials from the United Nations system, researchers and experts, as well as practitioners, to share lessons learned and best practices in combating desertification. The Conference will provide opportunities for ministerial statements and panel discussions in thematic sessions, to guide and facilitate an in-depth review of barriers and constraints, as well as policy options and practical measures, in combating desertification.
This International Conference will be convened also as an inter-sessional event in contribution to the 16th session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), which will address the issue of desertification, along with agriculture, land, drought, rural development, and Africa, at its 16th session in May 2008.
The Division for Sustainable Development of UN-DESA, which serves as the Secretariat of the Commission on Sustainable Development, as well as the Department for International Cooperation of SFA, will coordinate substantive and technical support for the Conference.
The Conference will be held at Beijing International Hotel. (Information about the conference venue and accommodation)
Interested participants are invited to confirm attendance as soon as possible by completing the Attendance Form and send back by fax or email to the following address no later than 22 December, 2007: