Deputy Minister Barbara Thomson is leading the South African delegation in the twelfth conference of parties to the UNCCD COP 12

12 October 2015


The Deputy Minister, honourable Barbara Thomson is leading the South African delegation to the Twelfth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 12). UNCCD COP 12 is currently being held in Ankara, Turkey from the 12th to the 23rd of October 2015.

In addition to leading the RSA delegation on the COP agenda and the Africa region at large as the current Chair of the Africa Group, Honourable Barbara Thomson will also be featuring in the following key activities:

  1. The High Level Segment where she will be leading discussions and debates in round table 1: from global to local: translating land degradation neutrality into action.
  2. Dialogue with civil society organisations on Land Rights
  3. Dialogue with the private sector on incentives for investment in sustainable land management.

She will also be delivering key note addresses in the following events that will be held in the margins of UNCCD COP 12:

i. The Gender day to be held on the 16th October 2015

ii. The launch of the key messages (21st of October 2015) agreed upon during the expert meeting on Ecosystem based approaches to Climate Change Adaptation and eco-disaster risk reduction that was hosted by South Africa in Johannesburg on the 28th of September to the 2nd October 2015.