UNCCD Executive Secretary: Crises Present Opportunity for Action

© UNCCD13 May 2009: UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja told a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York, US, that the convergence of the global food, fuel, financial and economic crises, against a backdrop of climate change, present an opportunity for action to reshape the development agenda and should not be wasted.

Gnacadja called for action to “scale up and scale out” what is known to work, saying that success stories in combating desertification, land degradation and drought occur at the grassroots level in many countries. He was in New York to attend the 17th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), which is considering the thematic cluster of desertification, drought, land, agriculture, rural development and Africa. [Press release]