The Road to UNCCD COP12: From the UN General Assembly to the Paris Climate Change Conference

The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) hosted its Twelfth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) in Ankara, Turkey, from 12 October to 23 October 2015. The conference took place at the Congresium Ankara-ATO International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Decision-makers from 195 member states attended COP12 to discuss solutions to issues related to desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD).

Land rehabilitation is one of the pathways to sustainable development. By rehabilitating degraded land, many of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) would be more attainable. Land that is properly nurtured fosters food and water security and reverses negative climate change impacts, such as forced migration, by cultivating opportunities for growth and ensuring stability. To invest in the land is to invest in sustainable livelihoods, therefore the goal of COP12 was to provide practical steps to make the rehabilitation of degrading land areas a reality.

The GEF presented the Investing in Land Stewardship (GEF Report to UNCCD COP12). More information available on the UNCCD COP12 official website.