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UN Convention to Combat Desertification Eleventh Session of the Parties Was Held at Namibia

145 countries including 45 of ministerial level, 3000 delegates attended Namibia meetings. Öz Orman-İş trade union took place with the representing delegation of Forestry Ministry.
07.10.2013 00:00

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification Eleventh Session of the Parties (COP11) heldon the 16-27th of September 2013 at Namibia, Windhoek.

The main item onthe agenda was, desertification, land degradation, preventing degradation offertile land, rehabilitation of degraded lands and countries affected bydrought and generating policies until 2020.

Öz Orman-İşTrade Union President Settar ASLAN made a speech in COP-11 General Assembly highlighting the strategical importance of combating desertification in a global level. (Aslan’s summary text is attached)

Side events had been held between 07.00-10.00 during 2 weeks by representatives ofnon-governmental organizations, civil society organisations where they expressed the policies of the government.

Öz Orman İş was the only representative civil society organisation attending COP- 11 which alsoled Turkey side events meeting. Many civil society organisation representatives and NGO’s from all over the world had taken place .

Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs representatives made a presentation issued erosion, desertification, land degradation and the taken against precautions and applications.

Öz Orman-İş Trade Union film presentation had been made in English and French. International Relations Expert Benül Topuzoğlu made a speech indicating the importance of cooperation and solidarity with NGO’s and civil society organisations forcombating desertification. She also added the vital importance of agriculture and forestry workers for protecting and improving our lands.

At the end of the conference COP-12 was adopted in Turkey.

President SettarASLAN, made a meeting with Marcos MONTOIRO deputy unit of civil society organisations and touched upon the accreditation of Öz Orman-İş trade union asa permanent delegate.

Meanwhile,Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBT) made an interview with president Aslan named ‘The Role of Civil Society Organisations For Combating Against Desertification’.

Settar Aslan Speech

“First of all, please let me express my hope that this meeting will serve the cause of protecting our earth further.

I am here representing a non-governmental organisation, trade union of the Turkish agriculture and forestry labourers.

I would like to first say that I find it significant that this panel is taking place in Namibia, one of the countries that have suffered the most from desertification on the face of the earth.

Also, I would like to thank the Namibian Government for organising these panels and people of Namibia for their hospitality.

Esteemed Participants,

Life on earth is based on four essentials water, air, earth and energy.

The balance between these elements is disturbed,unfortunately, by the human race itself.

Most importantly global warming, erosion and desertification are the results of aggressive manufacturing methods.

Today, countries don’t even take the sustainability into consideration in their race to develop and become richer.

Forests, the common property of the people of theworld, are getting smaller and smaller with aggressive production and fires.

Our food source, agricultural lands are becoming smaller and smaller or losing their fertility.

Some of the industrialised countries are consuming more while damaging the environment and consider their responsibilities to the nature as ‘unwanted expenses’.


The truth is, weare on the same boat.

All of the environmental issues affecting Namibia are affecting my country, Turkey, as well.

Amazon rain forests getting smaller is a concern for the people who live in Mongolia.

A nuclear powerplant incident in any country is a threat to all of our health.

Desertification of the vast lands of Africa is a problem for all of us.

Because, theremay be boundaries between our countries but our atmosphere knows them not.

Thus, especially against desertification, all globalissues must be faced by all of the world’s countries and all of the world’scountries must consider them threats.

With the developed countries leading the way, all countries must take responsibility in this.

Any plan that does not become global will be doomed tofail.

Countries shouldnot consider expenses to combat desertification as items in a ‘cost-income’ table.

You can calculate the profitability of the coal, steelor the car you manufacture.

But you cannotput a price to the healthy water we drink and the air we breathe.

Thus, works to preserve air, water and the earth cannot be handled at the ‘economiclevel’ but must be considered at the ‘strategiclevel’.

On the other hand, for the campaign against desertification, we have the opportunity to use labour more prominently andwidely.

What labour can provide in this sense does not requirea high level of qualification.

We believe, all work that essentially can counter the environmental impact such as forestry and agriculture, should focus on usingmore labour.

This will also help in alleviating the problem of unemployment.

For all these, Civil Society Organisation’s contribution and support of non-governmental organisations is without question, essential.

Again, I would like to express my sincerest hopes that this panel will meet its goals.

Kindest regards.”

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