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Côte d'Ivoire : Abidjan hosts the COP15 on the fight against desertification

Côte d'Ivoire : Abidjan hosts the COP15 on the fight against desertification

9 days ago | by: David Kodjani

The fifteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has been taking place since yeste, 9th May in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.

This session comes three years after COP14, which allowed participating countries to decide to achieve neutrality in terms of land degradation. It allows the States Parties to the Convention to Combat Desertification to make new negotiations to accelerate the process.

The theme of COP15, "Earth. Life. Legacy: from scarcity to prosperity", is a call to action to ensure that the earth, the lifeline on this planet, continues to benefit present and future generations. 

COP15 brings together leaders from governments, the private sector, civil society and other key stakeholders from around the world to take stock of the global fight against the advancing desert, and to make commitments related to the future sustainable management of one of our most precious assets: the earth. 

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It will also be a question of finding common ground between the various stakeholders in the convention, in order to define common strategies to combat desertification, taking into account the realities of each country.

The "Abidjan Legacy Program" initiative, presented as an ambitious solution to restore degraded land, should also be at the heart of the discussions.

Drought, land restoration and related drivers such as land rights, gender equality and youth empowerment are also among the main items on the conference agenda. 

According to the UN, humanity has altered 70% of all land on the planet and up to 40% of it is already degraded. This threatens the survival of the planet by accelerating climate change, leading to loss of biodiversity, drought, floods, poverty and hunger, among other things.

To reverse this process, countries have committed to restoring 1 billion hectares of degraded land by 2030, a target that requires a global commitment of $1.6 trillion over the current decade.

This conference will last 10 days and will therefore end on 20 May.

You can follow the debates of the COP in webcast by clicking here.


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