UNCCD and UNDP Agree to Establish Strategic Working Partnership

© UNCCD6 June 2009: Representatives from the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) participated in a retreat that sought to build common ground and a framework for partnership to combat desertification, land degradation and to mitigate effects of drought.

The retreat, which convened from 4-5 June 2009, in Bonn, Germany, was attended by 14 participants from the UNCCD Secretariat, two from the Global Mechanism, and six from the UNDP Environment and Energy Group and Drylands Development Center. The event was co-chaired by UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja and Director of UNDP Environment and Energy Group Veerle Vandeweerd.

Based on their discussions, the UNCCD and UNDP agreed to establish a strategic working partnership, on a pilot basis, to raise awareness of and catalyze international cooperation to address the needs of the world's poorest living in the drylands, in particular under scenarios of climate change. This partnership will build on the complementarities and respective comparative advantages of the two institutions, and will cover a range of programmatic actions with the overall aim of reducing poverty by enhancing ecosystem functions and services in the drylands.

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