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EMG Releases Key Findings from Global Drylands Report

20 September 2011: As an input to the UN High Level Event on Desertification, the Environment Management Group (EMG) released key findings from its forthcoming report, titled “Global Drylands: A UN System-wide Response.”   

The full report will be launched at the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), in October 2011 in Changwon, Gyeongnam Province, Republic of Korea. The report focuses on the UN System's activities related to drylands, and the findings highlight the need to include drylands within debates on contemporary global issues. It suggests that, among other actions, the UN can contribute to the international drylands agenda by: enhancing the economic and social well-being of dryland communities in a sustainable manner; enabling dryland inhabitants to sustain their local ecosystem services and contribute to safeguarding global public goods; and strengthening the capacity of global dryland ecosystems and communities living within them to manage and adapt to environmental change, including climate change. [Report Findings]