Climate Change

COP 14 in India: What is this UN conference on desertification all about?

The threat of desertification looms large

Published: Thursday 29 August 2019

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.

You can stay up-to-date about sessions of the COP, the Committee of Science and Technology and the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention through the apps launched by UNCCDfor the IOS operating system and the Android operating system.


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