'Soil is Key to Global Warming, Food Security'

CHANGWON, Oct 21, 2011 (IPS) - Luc Gnacadja, in his second three-year term as executive secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), is widely seen as delivering on his commitment to manage the world's drylands.

At the UNCCD’s Oct. 10 - 21, 10th conference of the parties (COP-10), he has made substantial progress in bringing this ‘poor sister’ of the three Rio Conventions (Climate Change, Biodiversity and Desertification) closer to its rightful place.

India Raises Red Flag Ahead of COP17

By Masahudu Ankiilu Kunateh, The Chronicle, Ghana
The Indian Government has submitted a proposal to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to include three contentious but very important issues on 'unilateral trade measures', 'intellectual property rights' and 'equitable access to sustainable development' for inclusion in the provisional agenda of the 17th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 17) to be held in Durban, South Africa in late November this year.

CCMP Awards 18 Fellowships for Durban COP17 Conference

Journalists win fellowships to report on key climate-change conference 2011-10-06
The Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP) has awarded journalists from 14 countries with fellowships to attend crucial UN talks in Durban that could spell the demise or rebirth of the Kyoto Protocol.