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Sep 02, 2019
7:30PM

UNCCD COP14 begins in Greater Noida

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The 14th Conference of Parties, COP14 to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification began on a high note at Greater Noida today. 

As India assumed COP presidency for two years, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar expressed optimism towards restoring land ecology and environment. 

He said the objective of the COP14 is to discuss various issues of land such as sustainable land management, reversing land degradation, mitigating drought, halting desertification, addressing sand and dust storms, linkages with gender. 

Speaking at the Plenary session, he said the key outcomes of COP14 will facilitate in delivering convergence and synergies among the existing programmes in the field of agriculture, forestry, land, water management and poverty alleviation, which will cater the need to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, SDG. 

Mr Javadekar said out of the 17 SDGs, SDG 15 is very ambitious which encompasses all types of land-based ecosystems and biodiversity. He emphasised that healthy ecosystems play a critical role in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development imperative of ‘leave no one behind’.

Our correspondent reports that the opening session of the High-Level Segment on 9th of this month will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

There will be many side-events and exhibitions to demonstrate India's present and upcoming efforts to combat desertification and drought and to achieve land degradation neutrality from all over the world. 

India Pavilion has also been launched for showcasing the success stories and achievements of India depicting the nexus between land, water, energy, biodiversity, climate change, science and technology.


 

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