COP12: Twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, Ankara, Turkey, 12-23 October 2015 The twelfth session of the Convention's decision-making body, the Conference of the Parties (COP), took place in Ankara, Turkey, from 12 to 23 October 2015. A high-level (ministerial) segment was held during the second week. It was opened by His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Turkey. COP12 received extensive media coverage. The media reports gathered so far are accessible via this link.