Each Party to the UNCCD names a representative to serve as the focal point for the Convention. This focal point is the official contact for UNCCD issues and related correspondence. A list of national focal points is prepared and distributed during each session of the Conference of the Parties as an official document.
Many Parties have also nominated a science and technology correspondent. His/her role is intended to be advisory and may include functions such as assisting the national focal point in providing scientific and technological information needed to implement the Convention, advising the Committee on Science and Technology through the national focal point on the possible implications of the evolution of scientific and technological knowledge for programmes and activities under the Convention, and providing advice on possible research priorities for particular regions and sub-regions, reflecting different local conditions, among others.