Desertification & Land Degradation

Event: UNGA High-Level Event on Desertification [viewed]

In December 2010, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted by consensus the draft resolution recommended by the Second Committee (65/160) on Implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa (UNCCD). It agreed to hold a one-day, high-level meeting, in September 2011, on “addressing desertification, land degradation and drought in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication,” in order to help raise awareness at the highest level, reaffirm the fulfillment of all commitments to the Convention and its 10-year strategic plan and framework (2008-2018), and ensure a higher priority for desertification, land degradation and drought at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). A letter from the President of the GA, dated 22 July 2011, provides the agenda for the meeting and other information: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/65/letters/PGA%20Letter%20-%20HL%20Meetings%20in%20September%20-%2022%20July%202011.pdf.  

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UNESCO Director-General Addresses Climate Change and Education [viewed]

26 November 2010: Irina Bokova, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General, delivered a keynote address at a UN University (UNU) Public Symposium titled "Climate Change and Education: UNESCO's Role in the 2010s." 

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Ecosystems and Climate Change Pavilion Continues from Nagoya to Cancun [viewed]

29 November 2010: The programme of the Rio Conventions' Ecosystems and Climate Change Pavilion, held at the 16th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 16) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Cancun, Mexico (the Cancun Climate Change Conference), from 29 November-10 December, highlights the benefits for the climate change agenda to be realized from an integrated strategy addressing the multiple drivers of biodiversity loss and land degradation.

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Event: UNCCD Technical Workshop on Impact Indicator Refinement [viewed]

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat, under the guidance of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) Bureau, is currently undertaking a scientific peer review of the relevance, accuracy and cost-effectiveness of the impact indicators identified at the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9). It is in this context that this technical workshop will be convened. The workshop will target scientists, experts, managers and practitioners that have experience in the development and implementation of impact indicators, particularly for monitoring and assessment of desertification and land degradation. Meeting participants are expected to contribute to the refinement of the UNCCD set of impact indicators provisionally accepted at COP 9 and, ultimately, to the establishment of a scientifically rigorous and credible assessment of the impact of desertification and land degradation at the national, regional and global levels.  

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CBD Secretariat Circulates Presentations from the Ecosystems Pavilion [viewed]

November 2010: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated information, including links to presentations, videos and photos, from the inaugural "Rio Conventions' Ecosystems and Climate Change Pavilion," held from 18-28 October 2010 on the margins of the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the CBD in Nagoya, Japan.

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Third Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification Develops Statement to UNCCD CST [viewed]

11 November 2010: The third conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification, which convened from 8-11 November 2010, at the Sede Boqer's Blaustein Institute for Desert Research at Ben Gurion University in Israel, developed a "Statement on the Synergistic Implementation of the Rio Conventions in the Drylands."

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UNCCD Posts Assessment of First Scientific Conference [viewed]

10 November 2010: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has posted the assessment it commissioned to review the organization of the first UNCCD Scientific Conference.

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UNCCD News Highlights Links Between Desertification and MDGs [viewed]

4 November 2010: The latest issue of UNCCD News, produced by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), includes articles from the Executive Secretary and Ashok Khosla, among other features.

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UNGA Second Committee Considers Work of UN-Habitat [viewed]

2 November 2010: On 2 November, the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) began its consideration of the work of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), took up implementation of the outcome of the UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II), and continued its consideration of sustainable development.

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UNGA Second Committee Considers Agriculture and Food Security [viewed]

28 October 2010: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) considered agriculture development and food security when it met in New York, US, on 28 October 2010.

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