The threat of desertification looms large
India will host the 14th Conference of Parties (COP14) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
The event expects more than 3,000 participants from across the world to gather at India Mart and Expo, Greater Noida, from September 2-13.
The participants will include ministers from 196 countries, representatives of national and local governments, city leaders, community groups, scientists, non-governmental organisations, the private sector and industry experts.
UNCCD, established in 1994, is the sole legally binding international agreement that links environment and development to sustainable land management. It addresses specifically arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas, known as drylands, home to some of the most vulnerable ecosystems and peoples.
Main agendas for COP14 are reversing land degradation and its outcomes while accelerating positive achievements for people and for ecosystems with a view to deliver on the United Nations- mandated Sustainable Development Goals.
Land degradation working in tandem with climate change and biodiversity loss may force up to 700 million people to migrate by 2050.
Parties to the convention will agree on the actions each will take over the next two years and beyond.
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