Alignment of Action Programmes to The Strategy

The Conference of the Parties (COP) decision 3/COP.8, urges affected country Parties to align their action programmes and other relevant implementation activities relating to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) with The Strategy by addressing The Strategy’s five operational objectives, as well as their outcomes.

In the same decision the COP also recognized the need for Parties to realign their national action programmes (NAPs) with The Strategy and invited Parties, with the assistance of the Global Mechanism (GM), to assist countries with this realignment by mobilizing technical and financial resources.

At the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC) seventh session (CRIC 7), Parties recommended that the alignment of the implementation of action programmes be enhanced, and requested joint financial and technical support for this from the GM and the secretariat, depending on their respective mandates.

Outcome 2.2 of The Strategy (see decision 3/COP.8) requests affected country Parties to revise their NAPs into strategic documents supported by biophysical and socio-economic baseline information and to include them in integrated investment frameworks. Outcome 2.3 requests affected country Parties to include their NAPs and sustainable land management (SLM) and land degradation issues in development planning and relevant sectoral and investment plans and policies.

The above COP provisions were complemented by specific recommendations from CRIC 7 by which:

  • the need to integrate NAPs, subregional action programmes (SRAPs) and regional action programmes (RAPS) into overarching development plans such as Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers was emphasized (paragraph 21),
  • the application and monitoring of the new and standardized reporting guidelines was addressed (paragraph 86),
  • it was recommended that a process be established through which the Parties of a subregion or region could harmonize available information at the national level in order to prepare SRAPs and RAPs as appropriate, in the context of the forthcoming regional mechanisms (paragraph 102), and
  • the need to develop an indicator system that should go hand in hand with the alignment of APs was also stressed (paragraph 109).

The first special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) recommended that improved economic and biophysical baselines be used, as well as lessons drawn from similar alignment experiences.

Mandate received at COP 9

The guidelines were tabled at COP 9 (ICCD/COP(9)/2/Add.1) and in decision 2/COP.9 on the “Alignment of the action programmes with The Strategy” Parties invite affected country Parties and other relevant stakeholders to use the alignment guidelines as the reference tool to align their action programmes with the five operational objectives of The Strategy.

The decision also requests the secretariat help affected country Parties to get relevant technical assistance to help align and/or revise their action programmes. It also urges the GM, in close collaboration with the secretariat, to assist affected country Parties to mobilize resources that will help them align and implement their action programmes.

For more information contact:

Richard Byron-Cox
NAP alignment and Capacity Building Officer
Facilitation Capacity Building Monitoring and Implementation Unit (FCMI)
Tel. +49 228 815 2827,
Fax + 49 228 815 2897/98,
E-mail: rbyroncox@unccd.int