Desertification & Land Degradation

UNCCD, IFAD Sign Revised MOU on Global Mechanism [viewed]

2 April 2012: Following on the decision taken at the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the UNCCD Executive Secretary and the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have signed a revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the modalities and administrative operations of the Global Mechanism (GM).

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UNCCD to Organize Regional Media Workshops on Land Degradation [viewed]

March 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced that it is organizing regional media workshops on land degradation, desertification and drought in the run up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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UNCCD, UNDP Strengthen Strategic Collaboration on Life of Drylands Populations [viewed]

28 March 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have signed a Programme of Cooperation to formalize their long-standing strategic partnership to address poverty among the poorest populations.

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UNCCD Designates New Drylands Ambassadors [viewed]

26 March 2012: The Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Luc Gnacadja, presented Miss Universe 2011, Leila Lopes, and Professor Jeffrey Sachs with certificates designating them UNCCD Drylands Ambassadors.

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UNCCD Posts Survey Results on the Organization Scientific Advice [viewed]

March 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has released the results of an electronic survey that was conducted regarding the organization of international, interdisciplinary scientific advice.

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World Water Day Focuses on Food Security [viewed]

22 March 2012: The 2012 edition of World Water Day, which is held every year on 22 March, focused on the theme "water and food security." The official UN-Water celebrations were coordinated by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), who noted that a 50% reduction in food waste would save 1350 km3 of water per year.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Highlights Synergies [viewed]

19 March 2012: On the margins of the the first round of “informal-informal” consultations on the zero draft of the outcome document for Rio+20, the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) organized a side-event highlighting the importance of the Rio Conventions Pavilion (Rio Pavilion) as a mechanism for emphasizing the synergies among the Rio Conventions.

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UNCCD Global Mechanism Launches Finance Info Kit [viewed]

15 March 2012: The Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has launched a Finance Info Kit, which seeks to deliver up-to-date information about financing sources, mechanisms and funds relevant for sustainable land management (SLM) and tips on how to access them.

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Event: Fourth International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification: Implementing Rio+20 for Drylands and Desertification [viewed]

The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, along with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Israeli Foreign Ministry, are orgainzing the Fourth International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification (DDD). This conference will gather scientists, field workers, industry representatives, government workers, civil society organizations, international development aid agencies and other stakeholders from over 60 countries to discuss issues related to land degradation in the drylands, and their sustainable use and development. The 2012 conference will focus on the outcome of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and will consider the science required for implementing the UNCSD's recommendations relevant to drylands and desertification. Local case studies will be highlighted alongside success stories from around the world with an emphasis on indicators of progress. Additional sessions will be held considering a broad range of topics associated with sustainable living in the drylands and the means to address desertification, as well as achieving the target of zero net rate of land degradation. Registration opens on 1 April and the abstract submission deadline is 17 June.  

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4th World Water Development Report Launched [viewed]

UNESCO12 March 2012: The 4th World Water Development Report (WWDR-4) was launched during the 6th World Water Forum. The report highlights the need to recognize water as a critical resource and underlines the global dimensions of its management, including climate change as a “central external driver” affecting water and demands for water use.

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