The UN General Assembly High-level meeting on desertification starts in four hours time.
President of the General Assembly officially opens the High-Level Meeting on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought at the UN General Assembly in New York. Watch live via webcast: bit.ly
President of General Assembly highlights need for forward-looking practical approach to development in drylands with zero net land degradation rate and initiatives to combat desertification to enhance food security.
UN Secretary General addresses UN General Assembly says drought does not need to become famine. The drylands not a lost cause and hold potential for growth. Combating desertification at the core of sustainable development.
UN Secretary General calls for sustainable land management to be a cornerstone of the green economy, important for poverty eradication and sustainable development.
Executive Secretary of UNCCD, Luc Gnacadja says land degradation blind spot for global community. Arable land loss at 30-35 historical rates.
To sustain life on earth we must build a land degradation neutral world says UNCCD Executive Secretary, Luc Gnacadja. Needs a global commitment and paradigm shift in the way manage land. We do have the means to combat desertification, land degradation and drought.
Vice Minister of Argentina representing the G77 and China group points out that developing countries most affected drought and land degradation. Expresses solidarity with population of Horn of Africa. Calls for fulfillment of commitments under UNCCD. Highlights the importance of national planning and regional coordination with technical support. UNCCD needs to be put on an equal footing with CBD and UNFCCC.
Minister of Forest Services, Republic of Korea says combating desertification, land degradation and drought through sustainable land management is critical for green growth. Korea used land rehabilitation of degraded land as a springboard out of poverty. Announces launch of Sustainable Land Management Business Forum at COP 10 in Korea.
European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs says land degradation affects poor people worldwide who rely on sustainable exploitation of natural resources. Highlights the importance of sustainable land management for poverty eradication and food security. SLM an integral part of shift to green economy. The economics of Land Degradation project will document full costs. EU will support growing knowledge base.
Minister of Forest and Environment, The Gambia on behalf of the African Group says urgent action is needed. Poverty, food security and desertification are intrinsically linked. African countries call for a scientific panel to support implementation of UNCCD Strategy and access to technology, knowledge and reliable financing. Watch live: unmultimedia.org fb.me