Back to search

Mandate and TOR of the SPI

  1. In accordance with decision 23/COP.11, paragraph 3, the mandate of the SPI is to:
  • Establish the approach to deliver each task assigned to it by the Committee on Science and Technology (CST);
  • Analyze, synthesize and translate relevant scientific findings and recommendations from DLDD-related scientific conferences, including upcoming UNCCD scientific conferences, the roster of independent experts, as well as from relevant stakeholders and networks into proposals to be considered by the CST for the consideration of the COP;
  • Interact with existing multiple scientific mechanisms, in particular the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils and other new and existing scientific networks and platforms; and
  • Assist the Bureau of the CST in organizing the UNCCD scientific conferences[1] and assessing their results.
  1. In decision 19/COP.12, paragraph 2, the COP decided that the SPI mandate, as contained in decision 23/COP.11, paragraph 3, should be extended to enable the SPI, under the leadership of the Bureau of the CST, to:
  • Provide the CST with clear and well-defined thematic guidance on scientific knowledge requirements (e.g. thematic assessments, scientific studies and/or user guides) for implementing the UNCCD;
  • Identify the most optimal way forward (e.g. commissioning an individual or group of experts, organizing expert meetings, encouraging the organization of regional meetings by regional scientific institutions or networks) to address these knowledge requirements;
  • Draft terms of reference for the scientific work to be commissioned to external experts or institutes and ensure the quality of content according to the contract administered by the secretariat; and
  • Select experts, including from scientific societies, science and knowledge organizations, and CSOs, and networks known for their expertise in DLDD.
  1. The SPI will operate up to the end of the sixteenth session of the COP (2023), at which time a review of the SPI will be presented.

Related Documents

SPI meeting reports

SPI-related COP decisions

UNCCD official documents

  • ICCD/COP(12)/CST/3 – Refinement of the UNCCD monitoring and evaluation framework in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda: strategic objectives 1, 2 and 3 
  • ICCD/COP(12)/CST/INF.1 – Monitoring the contribution of sustainable land use and management to climate change adaptation/mitigation and to the safeguarding of biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • ICCD/COP(12)/CST/2 – Outcomes and policy-oriented recommendations from the UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference
  • ICCD/COP(12)/CST/4 – Improving the efficiency of the Committee on Science and Technology, including impacts from the previous conferences and recommendations for future institutional arrangements
  • ICCD/COP(12)/CST/INF.2 – Assessment of the impacts of the outcomes of the UNCCD 1st and 2nd Scientific Conferences in supporting the UNCCD decision-making process
  • ICCD/COP(12)/CST/6 – Science-Policy Interface: progress report and work programme 2016–2017
  • ICCD/COP(12)/CST/INF.4 – Information on the collaboration between the Science-Policy Interface and the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils

[1] This was subsequently refined by decision 19/COP.12, paragraph 1, where it was decided that future scientific meetings on DLDD should be decoupled from official sessions of the CST; these scientific meetings can take the form of UNCCD-related scientific conferences, stand-alone expert meetings or expert meetings held in conjunction with existing international scientific conferences.