The Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is the largest and most influential event on how governments are handling land.

For two weeks in May, leaders ranging from presidents, ministers, and financiers to heads of the community and youth representatives gathered in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire for the COP15 to strategize how to limit land degradation, raise funds for sustainable land management, and further the land rights of marginalized groups, women and young people.


About Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim


Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim is an expert on the adaptation and mitigation of indigenous peoples to climate change. She is a member of the Mbororo pastoralist people in Chad and President of the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT).

She is a member of the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee and served as co-chair of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change during the historic UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris.

At COP15, Oumarou Ibrahim pressed governments to recognize the land rights of Indigenous peoples and advance their solutions for climate adaptation and mitigation.

As a result of COP15, Côte d’Ivoire launched a new restoration strategy, delegates collectively pledged to increase efforts on handling drought, and food and agriculture were given more attention than in any past UNCCD COP conferences.

In this GLF Live on 24 May at 09:30 CEST, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim elaborates on the COP15 outcomes and the importance of land rights, gender equality, and youth empowerment to tackle climate change.

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