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The new film "Drought resilience – instant responses and long-term solutions" produced by Patrick Augenstein highlights the importance of coordinated efforts of relevant actors with special focus on drought resilience and its implications for food security in sub-Saharan Africa, where drought is a major factor affecting populations and ecosystems. The progress on drought preparedness has been slow, despite the devastating and lasting effects of this natural disaster. Collaboration among various sectors and different branches of governments, civil society and international organizations is key to achieving drought resilience. Enhanced early warning-systems, assessing hotspots of vulnerable populations and regions, appropriate drought risk mitigation, as well as efficient disaster relief measures are crucial to effective drought preparedness. The film, which was screened at the opening of the High-level Round table on “Drought and Sand Dust Storms: Early Warning and Beyond” during recent UNCCD COP13, is a joint product of UNCCD, the German Development Institute (DIE) and other partners, including German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), the German Development Bank (KfW), University of Bonn and the Center for Development Research (ZEF).
Istanbul, Turkey – 23 – 25 October 2017 – The Fifth International Workshop on Sand and Dust Storms (SDS) attracted 74 local and 30 foreign experts and academicians from Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Russia, Somalia, Qatar, Oman, Mauritania and Senegal, as well as representatives of UNCCD, the World Meteorology Organization and the UN Environment. Heads of host institutions, General Director of Combating Desertification and Erosion M. Mustafa Gozukara and General Director of State Metrology Ismail Gunes welcomed workshop participants. In his speech, Mr. Gozukara stated that SDS often originate in the dryland areas, which cover 41 per cent of the Earth’s land surface and contain fragile ecosystems most susceptible to global climate change. Mr Gozukara also expressed strong belief that countries affected SDS have a lot to learn from each other, and that sharing information is the way to strengthen current cooperation. The Minister of Forestry and Water Affairs Prof. Dr. Veysel Eroglu in his opening speech confirmed that following the decisions of UNCCD COP12, Turkey aims to support the Pan-African Agency by delivering large numbers of seeds and seedlings to the region, in addition to financial aid. The goal of this initiative is to plant a seedling for every person on the planet – a total of seven billion plants – by 2023. Dr. Eroglu also addressed relevant UN institutions, asking them to support the regions suffering from SDS in their afforestation, wind erosion control, and sand and dust storms prevention efforts.
Bonn, 14 October 2017 – the historic Marktplatz in the center of Bonn came alive with lively crowds, festive music, fun activities and colorful balloons as the UN Day celebration unfolded. The UNCCD secretariat joined in the festivities to promote the role of sustainable land management in addressing climate change-related issues and the importance of combating land degradation and desertification to achieve sustainable development goals by 2030. UNCCD Deputy Executive Secretary Dr. Pradeep Monga together with Lord Mayor of Bonn Mr. Ashok Sridharan welcomed thousands of visitors to the celebration that took place under the slogan adopted by nineteen UN organizations based in the city, “Shaping a sustainable future.” In his opening speech, Dr. Monga congratulated the city of Bonn on “thinking globally, acting locally” in matters of sustainability, setting the example for others. Dr. Monga also highlighted the role of UN Bonn in strengthening local and global partnerships to achieve a sustainable, climate-resilient and inclusive future by building the capacity of stakeholders and supporting education and training, promoting volunteerism, health and human security, biodiversity conservation and disaster risk reduction. The UNCCD exhibition stand received hundreds of visitors who asked for information on secretariat’s work and shared their views on land issues. More than 90 participants took the Capacity Building Marketplace quiz, and over 200 people signed the #LoveLand4Climate petition to show their solidarity in promoting sustainable land management for climate change mitigation and adaptation. You can get a glimpse of the UN Day in Bonn by visiting the photo album. The photos of campaign supporters are posted on Flickr.
The UNCCD Secretariat joins the momentum towards the UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP23) that takes place in Bonn this November by launching the #LoveLand4Climate campaign. We invite all stakeholders: governments, civil society organizations, non- governmental organizations, academia, private businesses and individuals to come together and take responsibility for how we manage the land – our home, our future. Read more about the campaign.