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PM Narendra Modi to address virtual high-level UN meet on desertification, land degradation, drought today

On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in a virtual high-level United Nations dialogue on desertification, land degradation, and drought.

Prime Minister Modi will address the virtual high-level dialogue today at 7.30 p.m., as the president of the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

The meeting will be convened by Volkan Bozkir, President of the United Nations General Assembly, with the support of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, to assess progress in combating land degradation and map the way forward on global efforts to revive and restore healthy land.

According to the UNCCD advisory, the meeting will be attended by world leaders, ministers and government representatives, agricultural industry leaders, representatives from United Nations institutions, international organisations, and civil society groups, as well as members of the general public.

“Land is the foundation of our societies, and it is essential for global food security and environmental health, as well as zero hunger, poverty eradication, and affordable energy. It is the foundation for the overall success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development “the warning stated.

In addition to Prime Minister Modi, the high-level event will feature Deputy UN Secretary-General Amina Mohamed, Undersecretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification Ibrahim Thiaw, and Coordinator of the Association of Peul Women and Autochthonous Peoples of Chad (AFPAT) Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, as well as Heads of State and Government, ministers, and representatives from civil society.

Along the way to the CBD COP15, UNFCCC COP26, UNCCD COP15, and the 2021 Food Systems Summit, it will place land restoration at the centre of the entire SDG agenda, as well as for climate, biodiversity, and disaster risk reduction.

The Dialogue aims to draw the attention of the international community to land issues and to generate political will for implementing land solutions within COVID-19 adaptation and recovery strategies.

It will encourage all Member States to adopt and implement Land Degradation Neutrality targets, as well as National Drought Plans.

According to the advisory, it will also encourage Member States, the private sector, and all stakeholders to collaborate on land action, as well as support the Land Degradation Neutrality Fund and other funding mechanisms to scale up land restoration by all sectors of society. Participants will be able to share their experiences and best practises, as well as cutting-edge technologies and innovative business models that promote green, resilient, and inclusive recovery strategies.

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