Twelfth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD-COP12) will be organized at Ankara from 12th to 24th of October, 2015. Official sessions will be organized with delegates’ attendance everyday between 10:00-13:00 am and 15:00-18:00 pm at the Conference that will be held during two weeks. Various side events will take place beside official sessions.
In the Side Events framework;
1. Two rooms have reserved at Congresium Ankara ATO International Congress and Exhibition Center for the “Side Events” for with applications will be taken, organized by UNCCD. These side events will be held between 08:00-10:00 am, 13:00-15:00 pm, 18:00-20:00 pm when official sessions are not held. Those who want to apply to side events must contact UNCCD Secretariat’s focal point (by phone, fax or e-mail) and inform General Directorate of Combating Desertification and Erosion for information.
Tel.: + 49 228 815 2800
Fax: + 49 228 815 2898/99
Application: to the address www.unccd.int with deadline 31st August 2015
2.a. Besides “Side Events” to be coordinated by UNCCD, prioritized events in our country’s contest will be held in “Turkey’s Side Events Room” taking also place in Congresium Ankara ATO International Congress and Exhibition Center attributed to Forest and Water Affairs Ministry. Good practices examples have been asked before to the related institutions with an official letter, in order to compose a written document and to present side events. It’s necessary in this framework to make the applications to side events and to contact General Directorate of Combating Desertification and Erosion as soon as possible for the organization.
2.b. “Symposiums-conferences” can be held at Gordion Auditorium with 3,107 persons capacity taking place at ATO Congress Center. This auditorium can be divided in smaller sections according to the attendee’s number.
As the Congress Palace will take the “United Nations Soil” status during the Conference of the Parties, entrances and exits will be possible only being accredited on time and being taken to the program. It’s necessary to show maximum attention to this subject, otherwise it will not be possible to attend the meeting. Accreditation operation has not started yet, it is necessary to contact General Directorate of Combating Desertification and Erosion for this regard.
3. Together with state agencies and NGOs, UNCCD will organize events during the Conference in order to enhance in most efficient and productive way, the private sector’s attendance to COP12. In this context, “Sustainable Land Management (SAY) Business Forum” will be held at Congresium Ankara ATO International Congress and Exhibition Center on behalf of our country, under TOBB coordination, and “SAY EXPO” will be organized in ARMADA Shopping Center.
In case of need, it will be given exhibition possibility to work machines in available places around ATO Congress Center, and to other works needing a large area. Meetings will be also held in meeting rooms pertaining to ATO without being subject to BM limitations.
4. During the Conference, International Photo Context’s results, organized by Forest and Water Affairs Ministry, UNCCD, Turkey Photo Art Agency and FIAP International Federation of Photographic Art, will be exhibited.
In this framework, it will be extremely useful that our agencies/NGOs and private sector review all 2015 programs taking UNCCD COP12 in account, ensure most efficient and as big attendance as possible to COP’s official sessions, side events, and EXPO during the Conference, to realize events as “side events, panels, symposiums, interviews, cultural programs, etc.” with national and international cooperation partners.
Applications for COP12, for which around 6.000-8.000 national and international attendance is expected, have already started. In order to act as early as possible to represent our country and our agencies in the best way possible, General Directorate of Combating Desertification and Erosion can be contacted if needed.