Desertification & Land Degradation

World Day to Combat Desertification Celebrated at Rio+20 [viewed]

17 June 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is marking World Day to Combat Desertification, which is celebrated annually on 17 June, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, just a few days before the opening of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). 

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Event: High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy: Towards More Drought Resilient Societies [viewed]

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), in collaboration with a number of UN agencies, international and regional organizations and key national agencies, are organizing the High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP) in Geneva, Switzerland, in March 2013. HMNDP will provide practical insight into useful, science-based actions to address the key drought issues being considered by governments and the private sector under the UNCCD and the various strategies to cope with drought. HMNDP will start with a half-day opening plenary, with a major keynote address, followed by three days of scientific segment, and a High Level segment for ministers.  

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Opens with Reflections on the Roads from Rio [viewed]

13 June 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion (RCP) opened on 13 June 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in parallel with the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The Pavilion began with an event presented by the International Institute for Sustainable Development Reporting Services (IISD RS) on “Roads from Rio,” followed with a reception sponsored by the Rio Conventions (the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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WHO, Rio Conventions Publish Report on Health and Biodiversity, Climate Change and Desertification [viewed]

WHOJune 2012: The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a discussion paper on the linkages between health and biodiversity, climate change and desertification, the representation of health in the three Rio Conventions, and the opportunities for more integrated and effective policy.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion to Address Cross-Cutting Themes at UNCSD [viewed]

June 2012: Occurring in parallel to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) from 13-24 June 2012, the Rio Conventions Pavilion will focus on, inter alia, indigenous peoples and local communities (ILCs), ecosystem-based adaptation, oceans, land, and financing for sustainable development.

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UNEP Releases GEO-5 Results [viewed]

UNEP6 June 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the findings of the fifth edition of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5) on the eve of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). GEO-5 assessed 90 environmental goals and objectives, and found that significant progress has been made in only four.

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African Economic Communities Create Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Programme [viewed]

5 June 2012: Three regional economic communities (RECs), namely the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), have partnered to establish the Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Programme, with the support of the Global Mechanism and other development partners.

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FAO Drylands Workshop Addresses Building Resilient Forest Landscapes [viewed]

FAO28 May 2012: At an international workshop titled "Building forest landscapes resilient to global changes in drylands," participants discussed a restoration monitoring tool and shared experiences in forest restoration projects. They heard presentations on restoration efforts in the Mediterranean, Central Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. 

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UNCCD, GRF Davos Call for Contributions to 2nd Scientific Conference [viewed]

29 May 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat together with GRF Davos, the lead institution in organizing the UNCCD's 2nd Scientific Conference, have called for contributions to be included in the Conference programme.

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UNCCD Calls for Proverbs Regarding Land [viewed]

25 May 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Conference to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has invited submissions of proverbs regarding soil and land.

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