Drought and restoration in the spotlight: UNCCD joins the GLF as Charter Member

19 Apr 2022

(Bonn, Germany) – As the impacts of climate change, unsustainable land use and conflict ripple across the globe, communities and ecosystems on the African continent are being hit hardest by the scourge of drought and desertification. It’s destroying formerly fertile land, and turning pastures – and livelihoods – to dust. But land restoration offers hope to turn degraded land back to health, whilst creating sustainable income opportunities and critical carbon sinks.

From 18-24 April, the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) will place these issues – as well as critical enablers such as land rights, gender equality, and youth empowerment – in the spotlight through its Africa Week campaign. The initiative comes in the lead-up to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)’s 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15), which will take place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, from 9-20 May this year, and the GLF Africa 2022 Digital Conference, slated to run virtually on September 15th.

Africa Week marks the moment in which the UNCCD will be officially welcomed as GLF’s latest Charter Member. “The UNCCD Secretariat and the GLF have been working closely on advancing our shared vision of land restoration as a prerequisite for bringing about a sustainable future for all,” says UNCCD Executive Secretary Ibrahim Thiaw. “I appreciate the support and commitment that the GLF has brought to the land agenda and look forward to taking our collaboration to the next level, starting with the UNCCD COP15 in Côte d’Ivoire.”

“By addressing the interlinked challenges of land degradation, climate change and biodiversity loss, UNCCD will make an invaluable contribution to the GLF partnership’s mission to create prosperous, productive, equitable and resilient landscapes,” says John Colmey, director of the GLF. “We are honored to welcome them as our 34th Charter Member.”

For more information, please contact
Kelly Quintero at K.Quintero@cgiar.org


The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is the global vision and voice for land. We unite governments, scientists, policymakers, private sector and communities around a shared vision and global action to restore and manage the world’s land for the sustainability of humanity and the planet. Much more than an international treaty signed by 197 parties, UNCCD is a multilateral commitment to mitigating today’s impacts of land degradation and advancing tomorrow’s land stewardship in order to provide food, water, shelter and economic opportunity to all people in an equitable and inclusive manner.

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is the world’s largest knowledge-led platform on integrated land use, connecting people with a shared vision to create productive, profitable, equitable & resilient landscapes. Learn more at www.globallandscapesforum.org

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