Raj Shah, USAID Adminstrator says sustainable land management one of the most effective investments to combat food insecurity. Need to harness science and technology to feed the future.
President of Mongolia say 70% of land affected by desertification causing yellow dust storms. Calls for international panel on land and soil.
President of Nauru says water scarcity critical issue. Land degradation affecting up to 80% of island.
President of Swaziland calls for full funding of GEF Environment Facility to also support efforts to combat desertification, land degradation and drought.
Prime Minister of Fiji calls for panel on #desertification, land degradation and #drought and target of zero net land degradation.
Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal says protection of land is directly linked to human survival in a spirit of solidarity.
#Italian Minister of Environment Stefania PRESTIGIACOMO says urgent action is required as #desertification is a driver or poverty and forced migration. Need to reach beyond the drylands.
Land degradation is a global problem, as the Namibian President Pohamba said at the UN press conference. He called for the joint international efforts.
Second interactive panel on desertification has started. The co-chairs are
H.E. Mr. Heinz Fischer, Federal President of the Republic of Austria and
H.E. Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji.