Desertification & Land Degradation

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Message to the Beijing International Conference on Combating Desertification [viewed]

Un_secretarygeneral_ban_kimoon In a message to the Beijing International Conference on Combating Desertification, held Beijing, China, from 22-24 January, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the “impact of desertification is intensifying due to climate change, which is reducing the availability of freshwater, fertile soil, and forest and vegetation.”

The Secretary-General said the Conference offers a timely opportunity for combating climate change and achieving sustainable development in areas affected by land degradation.

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The Joint Liaison Group of the three Rio Conventions releases brochure on climate change, biodiversity and land degradation [viewed]

Cbd_logo The Joint Liaison Group of the three Rio Conventions (the Convention on Biological Diversity, Convention on Climate Change, and Convention to Combat Desertification) has issued an information brochure on the important contribution of forests to the achievement of their respective goals and objectives.

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CBD/UNU Global Indigenous Peoples Consultation Adopts Strategy on REDD [viewed]

20 November 2008: Organized by Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education), the UN University (UNU) Institute of Advanced Studies Traditional Knowledge Initiative, the UN REDD Programme and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat, the Global Indigenous Peoples Consultation on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) was held from 12-14 November 2008, in Baguio City, the Philippines. Participants adopted a global indigenous peoples strategy on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

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UNCCD Executive Secretary Urges Africa to “Get on the Bali Roadmap” [viewed]

Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification 19 November 2008: Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the

UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) addressed the African

Conference of Ministers in Charge of Environment on Climate Change for

Post-2012, and underscored the urgency of incorporating land and soil into the

climate change dialogue.

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UNCCD Subsidiary Bodies Consider Work Plans and Indicators [viewed]

UN Convention to Combat Desertification 14 November 2008: The first Special Session of the Committee

on Science and Technology (CST S-1) and the seventh session of the Committee

for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 7) of the UN

Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) convened in Istanbul, Turkey, from

3-14 November 2008.

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UNCCD Executive Secretary Highlights Nexus between Land Degradation and Climate Change [viewed]

Combating desertification could help tackle other global crises – UN official

29 October 2008: Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN

Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) told a news conference at UN

Headquarters, NY, US, that “the nexus between land degradation and climate

change is clear,” with global warming being likely to lead to more extreme

weather events, which could lead to soil erosion and loss of land cover.

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UN Second Committee Considers Report of the UNFCCC Executive Secretary [viewed]

UN General Assembly 27 October 2008: The Second Committee of the UN General

Assembly considered, on 27 October 2008, the Secretary-General's note on

Implementation of UN environmental conventions, transmitting the report

submitted by the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, and the report of the

Secretary-General on implementation of the UN Convention to Combat

Desertification (UNCCD) and the outcome of the observance of the International

Year of Deserts and Desertification (Document A/63/294).

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UNU Hosts Environmental Refugee Conference [viewed]

UN premises at Langer Eugen Bonn 9 October 2008: The UN University (UNU) is hosting the

International Conference on Environment, Forced Migration and Social

Vulnerability, which is taking place in Bonn, Germany, from 9-11 October 2008.

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), UN Environment Programme

(UNEP), and International Organization for Migration (IOM) are among the

Conference's organizing partners. Participants have been asked to capture the

current state of research and debate on the issue, and to conclude with

recommendations for moving forward.

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UNCCD Executive Secretary Calls for Global Partnership Towards Effective Disaster Reduction [viewed]

UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja 8 October 2008: In a statement to mark the International Day

of Disaster Reduction, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja highlighted that action on climate change

mitigation and adaptation must consider managing risks to drought in a global

coordinated approach, and said the Hyogo Framework for action is a platform to

achieve these considerations.

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UNCCD Launches Webpage on Land and Climate [viewed]

Focus on both land and climate. Photo credit, UNCCD 13 August 2008: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has launched a new webpage on the

interrelationship between land and climate. The webpage highlights that soil

can make a difference in addressing climate change issues, and presents

information on land and climate change, land degradation and poverty, energy

security, food security, and UNCCD processes to address climate change and

soil.

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