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UNCCD Executive Secretary Urges Africa to “Get on the Bali Roadmap”

Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification 19 November 2008: Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the

UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) addressed the African

Conference of Ministers in Charge of Environment on Climate Change for

Post-2012, and underscored the urgency of incorporating land and soil into the

climate change dialogue.

The 19-20 November 2008 meeting is taking place in

Algiers, Algeria, and is addressing issues related to, inter alia: the Bali

Action Plan; the meaning and scope of the concepts of “comparable efforts” and

“shared vision” for developing countries; and the concepts of measurable,

verifiable and reportable for developed and developing countries.

Executive

Secretary Gnacadja emphasized that “The Bali Plan of Action explicitly provides

‘to take into account the future needs of African countries affected by

desertification, drought and floods',” and said that Africa must mobilize to

create tools and platforms to take on the challenge. He called attention to the

potential of carbon sequestration to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, and

emphasized its role in simultaneously addressing other global issues such as

biodiversity conservation, food security and poverty alleviation.

He added

that, “with the science and technology now available, agreeing on measurable

reportable and verifiable concepts to sequester carbon into soils is possible,

doable, and should therefore not be delayed.” [Meeting website] [UNCCD

Press Release]