The GA President made concluding remarks with the summary of today’s debate. Here is the gist.
Leaders have decided to give priorities to the issues of desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) as part of the sustainable development goals. The implementation of the UNCCD is a means to achieve such. It is possible to find sustainable solutions to overcome the obstacles in achieving the MDGs. For this, they have given the following priorities:
1. Strengthen the scientific base of DLDD
2. Creation of a scientific advisory group on DLDD which provides advice to policy makers for them to make appropriate decisions.
3. Recognition that DLDD, especially in arable lands, will lead to many challenges including forced migration, famine, loss of biodiversity, climate change, and ultimately, conflicts. This means the failure to achieve MDGs.
4. Appeal was made to promote the UNCCD as the global framework to deal with soil and land degradation. Time has come to the world free from the land degradation.
5. Financing to combat desertification should be regarded as a high return investment. Cost of inaction is much higher than the cost of action (prevention).
6. Investment in sustainable land management must become the fundamental component of the transformation towards the green economy in the context of sustainable development.
The above outcome will be carried forward to the forthcoming UNCCD COP10 www.unccd.int
and the Rio+20.
Finally, the GA president expressed his hope for the world leaders assembling at the UNCCD COP10 to decide on immediate measure not to make the future mankind a hostage of land degradation.