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Desertification
COP 3 in November in Brazil
INFORSE Input
The INFORSE Secretariat continues to follow activities concerning the relationship between sustainable energy development and desertification, in close co-operation with Enda-tm and in accordance with the revised INFORSE Action Plan for 1999. The Secretariat and Enda-tm are preparing documentation and dissemination plans for ‘Experiences with Sustainable Energy to Combat Desertification’ which is expected to be presented during the Conference of Parties, COP 3, in November 15-27, in Brazil. Other INFORSE input will be distributed as an English/French section in the next issue of Sustainable Energy News, which will be distributed at the event as well.
More Northern NGOs
One of the clear messages from the Southern NGOs participating in COP 2 of the Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) was that more Northern NGOs should get involved in the UNCCD effort.
The representative from the INFORSE Secretariat, Susanne Backer, participated in COP 2 with a mandate from the so-called ‘92-group, a network of Danish NGOs that has been following the implementation of the three environment conventions since the RIO meeting in 1992. One of the members of the ‘92-group, CARE Denmark, has now volunteered to become the Danish National Focal Point for the network of NGOs working with the UNCCD, RIOD. By this, the relationship between Danish NGOs and RIOD has been formalised.
RIOD (Le Reseau Internationale des ONGs sur la Desertification) will conduct its first Global Meeting in Dakar, Senegal, on 23-29 October, 1999. The aim of this general meeting is to create an effective global RIOD structure for the full implementation of UNCCD. The RIOD network was established in Burkina Faso in 1994, by some 50 NGOs from all over the world. RIOD aims to enable “CBOs and NGOs to share information and to coordinate their actions globally in the fight against desertification”. The network’s overall goal is to put in place a structure that ensures full involvement of community-based organizations and NGOs in the preparation, implementation, and review of national action programmes, in compliance with provisions of the UNCCD.

For more information about COP3 and the RIOD meeting, please contact:
Enda-Energy, INFORSE Western Africa Regional Coordinator
See address at the Coordinator’s list
http://www.enda.sn/energie/desertif/riod.htm.

More information about CARE Denmark:
att.: Katrine Danielsen, CARE, Norrebrogade 68 B, 2200, Copenhagen N, Denmark.
Fax: +45 3536 887, e-mail: katrine@care.dk.
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