Science and Technology Correspondents

By its decision 15/COP.7 on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST), the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) encouraged Parties to select a Science and Technology Correspondent (STC) to the CST under the coordination of the national focal point (NFP).

Following the consultations with NFPs in 2010-2011 undertaken by the UNCCD secretariat (ICCD/CST(S-2)/5 and ICCD/COP(10)/CST/7), the COP at its 10th session decided (24/COP.10) that the role of STCs is to assist NFPs in scientific matters related to the implementation of the Convention and that their responsibilities shall include assisting NFPs in:

  1. Enhancing relationships and networks with the scientific community at the local, national, regional and global level with the support of national focal points;
  2. Establishing a dialogue with scientists and technologists at the local, national, regional and global level;
  3. Measuring progress in the achievement of the strategic objectives of the 10-year strategic plan and framework to enhance the implementation of the Convention (2008-2018) (The Strategy) and the reporting process.

Any further responsibilities for STCs should be proposed by the NFPs to their respective science and technology correspondents.

As of June 2017, 153 Parties had appointed a Science and Technology Correspondent.

Up-to-date information on STCs can be searched per region and country.