The fifteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) took place in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, from May 9-20, 2022.
The Conference brought together leaders from governments, the private sector, civil society, and other key stakeholders from around the world to drive progress in the future sustainable management of one of our most precious commodities: land.
At COP15, the Global Environment Facility organized two side events highlighted below, and was featured at the Rio Conventions Pavilion (RCP).
The Pavilion, supported by the GEF, is a collaborative platform that promotes synergies among the Rio conventions at the implementation level and showcases activities that link biodiversity conservation and sustainable use, sustainable land management and efforts to combat desertification, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. See the adjoining page tab above for more details.
Two new GEF land degradation publications were released in advance of the Convention. Combating Land Degradation details the programming strategy, results in the GEF-7 cycle, and a look ahead to the GEF-8 portfolio and objectives. Also available in French. The Great Green Wall Initiative: Supporting Resilient Livelihoods and Landscapes in the Sahel looks at the development of support and collaboration for the GGWI, and the GEF's work in advancing the project's agenda. Also available in French.
Present and Future of GEF Support to UNCCD: From GEF-7 to GEF-8
In-person event streamed live, with GEF CEO and Chairperson Carlos Manuel Rodriguez.
Enabling Activities: Innovations in the UNCCD Reporting Process
- United global call to act on land degradation and drought concludes major UN meeting in Côte d’Ivoire (UNCCD Final Press Release)
- The time is now to future proof the land, world leaders say at the Abidjan Summit (UNCCD Press Release)
- World “at a crossroads” in drought management, up 29% in a generation and worsening, says UN (UNCCD Press Release)
The Rio Conventions Pavilion (RCP) at UNCCD COP15, from May 10-18, focused on addressing the interlinked challenges of land degradation, climate change, and biodiversity loss. The Pavilion, supported by the Global Environment Facility, is a collaborative platform that promotes synergies among the Rio conventions at the implementation level and showcases activities that link biodiversity conservation and sustainable use, sustainable land management and efforts to combat desertification, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
For a full schedule and more details, visit the official RCP event page.
The Rio Conventions at 30 from Earth Negotiations Bulletin on Vimeo.