Next UN Conference of Parties in Windhoek

The City of Windhoek plays host to the 11th Conference of Parties in September 2013. (Photograph by Hilma Hashange)The Minister of Environment and Tourism, Honourable Uaheka Herunga. (Photograph by Lorato Khobetsi)Windhoek has been selected as the host city for a major international conference on desertification, land degradation and conservation. A National Steering Committee is currently preparing for the country to host the 11th Conference of Parties (COP11) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). This high-profile meeting is scheduled to take place in Windhoek at Safari Court Hotel and Conference Centre from 16 to 27 September 2013.
This is the first time the conference will be hosted in the SADC region. Speaking at a media conference at the official announcement, the Minister of Environment and Tourism, Hon. Uaheka Herunga said the conference will offer a unique opportunity for the country to showcase itself to the world especially Windhoek as a cosmopolitan city with well-developed infrastructure and high quality amenities.
Land degradation is considered to be a major threat to development and also an underlying driver of poverty in the rural areas of the country. According to the minister, the government is committed to addressing this threat. “The conference will not only solidify our country’s commitment to addressing the threats of land degradation but will additionally offer a snapshot of a country whose interventions against this threat have gone from strength to strength,” said Minister Herunga.