Desertification & Land Degradation

UN General Assembly Holds High-Level Dialogue on Water [viewed]

22 March 2010: To mark World Water Day, the UN General Assembly held a High-Level Dialogue on the implementation of the International Decade for Action on “Water for Life” 2005-2015, and the realization of the internationally agreed water-related development goals. The Dialogue was held on 22 March 2010, and was organized around panels on: Water and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); Water, Climate Change and Disasters; and Water and Peace and Security.

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UNEP Releases Arab Region Environment Outlook [viewed]

15 March 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report titled "Environment Outlook for the Arab Region: Environment for Development and  Human Well-being," which outlines the multiple challenges facing the Arab region, from climate change and food insecurity to decreasing water availability and unemployment.

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African Union Celebrates Environment Day Focusing on Climate Change Resilience, Biodiversity Conservation and Traditional Knowledge [viewed]

3 March 2010: The African Union Commission (AUC) commemorated Africa Environment Day under the theme “African Resilience to Climate Change: Biodiversity Conservation and Enhancing Traditional Knowledge,” in celebrations hosted by the Government of Tanzania. 

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Event: World Day to Combat Desertification [viewed]

World Day to Combat Desertification is observed every year on 17 June. The UNCCD Secretariat has selected the following theme for the 2010 Day: "Enhancing soils anywhere enhances life everywhere." This theme was selected to emphasize the relationship between soil and biodiversity during International Year of Biodiversity.  

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India Joins UNEP's Billion Tree Campaign [viewed]

25 February 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that the Government of India has joined the Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign by planting two billion trees since 2007, bringing the international campaign's total to over 10 billion planted trees worldwide.

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IFAD Governing Council Convenes 33rd Session [viewed]

18 February 2010: The Governing Council of the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) held its 33rd session from 17-18 February 2010, in Rome, Italy, to discuss: the Eighth Replenishment of IFAD's resources; IFAD's budget; revisions of IFAD's lending policies and criteria; progress on the performance-based allocation system; progress on the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); and a synthesis of the global meeting of the Farmers' Forum 2010.

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Joint Afro-Arab Ministerial Meeting on Agricultural Development and Food Security Addresses Climate Change [viewed]

16 February 2010: The Joint Afro-Arab Ministerial Meeting on Agricultural Development and Food Security, held on 14-16 February 2010, in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt, agreed on an action plan to guide their collaboration in agriculture and food security, including climate change-related elements.

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IFAD's 33rd Governing Council Addresses Climate Change, Food Security and Smallholder Agriculture [viewed]

18 February 2010: The Governing Council of the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) held its 33rd session from 17-18 February 2010, in Rome, Italy, to discuss: the Eighth Replenishment of IFAD's resources; IFAD's budget; revisions of IFAD's lending policies and criteria; progress on the performance-based allocation system; progress on the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); and a synthesis of the global meeting of the Farmers' Forum 2010.

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FAO Co-Organizes Regional Workshop on Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative [viewed]

10 February 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Senegalese Agency for the Great Green Wall Initiative recently co-organized a regional workshop on “Guidelines on Practices for Sustainable Forest Management in Drylands of Sub-Saharan Africa.”

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MULTISTAKEHOLDER DIALOGUE CONSIDERS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IMPLEMENTATION [viewed]

A one-day meeting convened on 1 February 2010 at UN Headquarters, with the goal of accelerating the pace by which decisions of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) are turned into action.

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