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14th Conference of Parties UNCCD begins on high note in Greater Noida

Pointing to an unprecedented global campaign to save productive land, Union Minister for Environment Prakash Javadekar said 122 countries, among them Brazil, China, India, Nigeria, Russia and South Africa, which are among the largest and most populous nations on Earth, have agreed to make the Sustainable Development Goal of achieving land degradation neutrality a national target.

Union Minister also mentioned that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the high-level segment meeting on 9th September, 2019.

Talking about the importance of such large scale conferences, Union Minister for environment who also took up the role of President of COP said, UNCCD is very important and Delhi Declaration will form the future course of action.

Purpose of the Convention is to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought to achieve sustainable development in the affected areas by taking effective action at all levels through international cooperation and partnership agreements. MoS Babul Supriyo said India is ready to lead from the front.

Executive Secretary, UNCCD, Ibrahim Thiaw drew attention to the warnings sounded by recent scientific assessments and the growing public alarm at the frequency of weather-related disaster.He also thanked the Government of India for hosting the International Conference.

In 2017, the Parties adopted the UNCCD 2018-2030 Strategic Framework, which has five strategic objectives: (i) improve conditions of affected populations; (ii) improve conditions of affected ecosystems; (iii) mitigate the impacts of drought; (iv) work through partnerships; and (v) generate global benefits. 

With India taking over the leadership role in COP14, the world now look upto to the country to provide a filip in the fight for degradation and desertification. Delhi declaration is expected to provide a roadmap for the world in its bid for land neutrality.

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