Desertification & Land Degradation

Event: Launch of UN Decade for Deserts and the Fight Against Desertification [viewed]

To promote actions that will protect the world's drylands from further deterioration and degradation into deserts, the United Nations will launch the Decade for Deserts and the Fight Against Desertification on 16 August 2010. The Decade will be launched during the opening of the 2nd International Conference on Climate, Sustainability and Development in Semi-arid Regions. The Decade of events are spearheaded by the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in collaboration with the Department of Public Information (DPI) of the UN Secretariat in New York, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and other relevant UN bodies.  

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Event: International Scientific Conference on Advanced Scientific Tools for Desertification Policy [viewed]

This conference is co-organized by the Global Mechanism (GM), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). It aims to “set up a discussion on the scientific research tools and results, recently achieved at the European and international levels addressing desertification assessment and mitigation.”  

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UNCCD Executive Secretary Highlights Links between Land and Security [viewed]

10 July 2010: In a statement to the Third Annual Caux Forum for Human Security, which convened from 9-16 July 2010, in Caux, Switzerland, Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), discussed "Grounding Security: Soil security a prerequisite for human security."  

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Event: Sustainable Land Management Enhances Water Availability and Quality [viewed]

The UNCCD Secretariat is organizing this Seminar at the 2010 Stockholm International Water Week.  

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UN Secretary-General Addresses Security Council [viewed]

7 July 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the Security Council in New York, US, on 7 July 2010, and noted that the protection of civilians encompasses broader challenges, such as governance, resource scarcity, climate change and land disputes.

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AMCEN 13 Focuses on Rio Conventions, Prepares for Cancun [viewed]

25 June 2010: The 13th Session of the African Ministers' Conference on Environment (AMCEN) took place in Bamako, Mali, from 20-25 June 2010, under the theme “Enhancing the interrelationship between climate change, biodiversity and desertification for sustainable development.” The meeting concluded with the adoption of the Bamako Declaration, which was developed to serve as the continent's new road map for sustainable development and basis for strengthening the common negotiating position on climate change and biological diversity. 

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CBD Launches Survey on Joint Activities Among Rio Conventions [viewed]

18 June 2010: The Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has launched a survey to initiate consultations on possible joint activities among the three Rio Conventions, following a request by the 14th meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 14), held from 10-21 May 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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World Day to Combat Desertification Celebrated [viewed]

17 June 2010: In statements marking World Day to Combat Desertification, celebrated annually on 17 June, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja have called attention to the interlinkages between soil, biodiversity and climate change.

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UNCCD Organizes Land Day 2 [viewed]

6 June 2010: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) organized Land Day 2 on 5 June 2010, in parallel to the May/June Climate Change Talks in Bonn, Germany. The event sought to heighten the attention of policy- and decision-makers to the importance of land issues in the ongoing climate change negotiations, and to foster a dialogue that could strengthen an agreement regarding the post-2012 period for climate change policy.

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FAO's Silva Mediterranea Focuses on Activities of the Enlarged Executive Committee [viewed]

June 2010: Silva Mediterranea, a statutory body of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) covering the Mediterranean region, released a special issue of its Newsletter focusing on the recent activities of its Enlarged Executive Committee, including participation in the first Mediterranean Forest Week and preparation of various position papers on food security in the region.

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