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Ordos, China – The Executive Secretary Mr. Ibrahim Thiaw met with the COP 13 President, Administrator of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration Mr. Zhang Jianlong during Kubuqi International Forum on 26 July, 2019 to discuss the highlights of the upcoming UNCCD COP14. Mr. Thiaw shared his impressions of his discussions with the Rechsand Science & Tchnology Group on silicon sand utilization technologies and Elion Group's desert economy model, highlighting the great potential of these technologies to assist desertification-affected countries in drought mitigation, water scarcity relief, land restoration and creating new economic opportunities. Mr. Thiaw encouraged the National Forestry and Grassland Administration to support the technology transfer and take part in UNCCD COP14. Mr. Thiaw described anticipated high level participation at COP14, inviting Mr. Zhang Jianlong to attend the conference and pass the baton to next COP host country, India. Mr. Thiaw and Mr. Zhang Jianlong discussed the progress of negotiations on the host country agreement for the Regional Coordination Unit in Asia, and agreed to jointly facilitate this process. Mr. Zhang Jianlong confirmed his participation in COP14 and expressed appreciation for UNCCD's cooperation in organizing the Kubuqi International Desert Forum. Read more: Land for Life Award winners honored at Kubuqi Desert Forum UNCCD COP14
Ordos, China – The seventh Kubuqi International Desert Forum opened on 26 June with a message from the President of China H.E. Mr. Xi Jinping, who reiterated county's commitment to international cooperation for protecting global environment. Vice Premier of China H.E. Ms. Sun Chunlan also addressed the Forum, emphasizing that green economy is an important platform for achieving sustainable development goals and that China's success in reversing desertification and land desertification can contribute to the global ecological governance. The UNCCD Executive Secretary Mr. Ibrahim Thiaw stated that the Forum demonstrates the power of partnerships at every level in tackling issues related to desertification and land degradation, such as biodiversity loss, climate change and social inequality. Mr. Thiaw also delivered the message from the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who stressed the utmost importance of reversing land degradation and desertification to meet the challenge of deepening climate emergency and rapid population growth. Mr. Guterres also remarked that the Forum is an opportunity to share and scale up success stories in and beyond China. Kubuqi is the seventh largest desert in China. Since the 1980s, a number of measures has been implemented in Kubuqi to bring degraded land back to life, resulting in 6,000 square kilometers of restored land as well as financial gain of over 500 billion Yuan (approximately USD72 billion). In the afternoon of 27 July, a ceremony to honor the 2019 Land for Life (L4L) Award winners took place. Mr. Thiaw and the President of Elion Foundation Mr. Wang Wenbiao congratulated the winners and presented trophies to recognize decades of dedicated work and lasting impact in land restoration and sustainable management. The L4L award winners will travel to the upcoming UNCCD COP14 in New Delhi, India, to present their work and share experiences with conference attendants from around the world. Photo (l. to r.): UNCCD Spokesperson Ms. Yukie Hori, National Focal Point of UNCCD in Nigeria Mr. Bala Harlan Gukut, receiving the prize on behalf of Mathieu Ouédraogo – Burkina Faso, President of the Elion Foundation Mr. Wang Wenbiao, National coordinator of MERET Project (first prize) – Ethiopia, Mr. Betru Nedessa Beyene, Executive Secretary of UNCCD Mr. Ibrahim Thiaw, Director General, Department of Combating Desertification, National Forestry and Grassland Administration Mr. Hu Peixing, receiving the prize on behalf of Mr. Yun Dan – China. Read more: UNCCD Executive Secretary’s statement UN Secretary-General’s message UNCCD COP 14
The Peace Forest Initiative, scheduled for launch at the upcoming UNCCD COP14 in New Delhi, India is designed to provide a practical platform that will foster international collaboration by demonstrating the value of achieving land degradation neutrality (LDN, SGD target 15.3) in cross-border post-conflict situations.
Bonn, Germany – Our staff will travel carbon-neutral to the COP14 in New Delhi, India. Unavoidable travel-related greenhouse gas emissions will be compensated by contributing to the Adaptation Fund of UNFCCC, which finances projects and programmes in developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. We encourage you to join us and make your travel carbon-neutral, too! Read more: Carbon-neutral resource center
Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire – The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Global Mechanism (GM) of UNCCD, in partnership with UN Women, are joining forces to build the capacity of African stakeholders on the climate change/land degradation nexus through the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) targets. The workshop on 10-12 July 2019, hosted at the AfDB Headquarters in Abidjan, also facilitated the understanding of gender issues in the context of the UNFCCC and UNCCD processes. Partners, including the Sahel Commission on Climate Change, IFDD and IUCN/GEF along with the NGO and private sector representatives from World Vision Ethiopia, Global Shea Alliance, Global Evergreening Alliance, Great Green Wall Panafrican Agency, GIZ, WRI and UNDP – actively participated to the workshop. "The LDN objectives and associated measures will contribute to the implementation of national climate action plans, and vice versa. These synergies should be taken into account when developing national plans for the LDN and updating the CDNs under the Paris Agreement, " said Al Hamdou Dorsouma, Manager of Climate Change and Green Growth at AfDB. “The participants had a chance to explore various investment opportunities, including structuring bankable projects that encompass both NDC and LDN targets, with focus on achieving the SDGs and integrating gender perspectives,” explained Sandrine Jauffret of UNCCD. Over 60 participants from 15 countries positively rated the quality and the comprehensiveness of the training that gave them an opportunity to better understand the concept of LDN and the importance of linking LDN targets to NDCs while taking into consideration the gender dimension. Participants also suggested sharing their experiences at national and local levels across sectors and ministries. For more info please contact: Ms. Sandrine Jauffret, Team Lead for LDN Transformative Projects and Programmes at the GM: firstname.lastname@example.org / tel. 00 49 228 815 2889. Read more: Info on the workshop in French