October 12-23, 2015

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Söğütözü Caddesi No:1/A, 06510 Çankaya, Ankara , TR



President of the Republic of Turkey

Combating desertification and drought requires formulating and implementing coherent and consistent policies at a global scale as well as developing international and regional cooperation opportunities. 

The Government of the Republic of Turkey will have the honor and privilege to host the 12th Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP12) in Ankara between 12 and 23 October 2015.

Prof. Dr. Veysel EROĞLU

Minister of Forest and Water Affairs

As the host country for 12th Conference Of the Parties, Turkey Government is calling governments, intergovernmental institutions, finance institutions, private sector and non-governmental organizations to join this Initiative’s implementation in order to ensure the Convention  to achieve its objectives, and I call the parties to cooperation and to work together accordingly in order to join efforts and experiences.

What's In COP12

It will be for the first time that a COP will be organized in Turkey, which has already organized and hosted successful organizations like the 5th World Water Forum in 2009, the 10th United Nations Forum on Forests in 2013. 

Organization and coordination of the Conference of the Parties in Turkey, which is the supreme decision body of the Convention to Combat Desertification, are realized by the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs. 

The Conference which will bring together about 10.000 participants from 195 countries including heads of states, presidents, ministers, experts and also NGOs representatives, is closely followed in the world, drawing the attention on land degradation and on areas having the most sensitive ecosystems and problems of people living here. 

The UNCCD came into force 21 years ago, recognized as an important tool to ensure sustainable development and poverty reduction. The sessions of the COP 12 are constituted of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST), the Committee Responsible for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC), the meeting of ministers, the Parliamentary Forum, the Business Forum, regional groups, UN regional political groups, NGO meetings and the joint meeting of the Rio Conventions.

The meeting of Ministers holds an important place in the Conference. 3 different, but parallel sessions of "Round Tables of Parliamentarians” will be organized during the COP 12. These meetings will be on the following themes:" Climate Change ",” Desertification in Relation with Water and Aridity" and "Land Degradation Neutrality”. 

After the meetings of round tables, will be performed the "Session of the Plenary of Ministers" and the decisions that have great importance, will be presented at the Summit of Climate Change to be held in December 2015 in Paris by Turkey as the President of the COP.

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Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey is a parliamentary republic in Eurasia, largely located in Western Asia, with the smaller portion of Eastern Thrace in Southeast Europe. 



Ankara, capital of Turkey and Turkey's second largest city with a population of 5,150,072 (2014) known as Ancyra and Angora, is located in Central Anatolia. 


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Söğütözü Caddesi No:1/A
06510 Çankaya, Ankara, TURKEY
+90 (312) 285 0 385

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Conference will last 12 days in total and a lot of round tables and social activities will be held in this time.