COP 14 to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification: Restore Land, Sustain Future



Kindly download the IISD – Summary: 14th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (COP 14) and also available to download the The New Delhi Declaration: Investing in Land and Unlocking Opportunities.



The New Delhi Declaration: Investing in Land and Unlocking Opportunities

We, the Ministers and Representatives gathered for the high-level segment at the fourteenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), held on 9–10 September 2019 in New Delhi at the invitation of the Government of the Republic of India, 


Expressing our sincere appreciation to the Government of the Republic of India for its hospitality and to the UNCCD secretariat for the organization of the high-level segment, 


Recognizing that desertification/land degradation and drought undermines health, development and prosperity in all regions and acknowledging that dryland ecosystems are areas of special focus,


Deeply concerned that the impacts of desertification/land degradation and drought are felt most keenly by vulnerable people, 


Recalling the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UNCCD 2018–2030 Strategic Framework and looking forward to comprehensively reviewing and monitoring progress with the aim of accelerating the implementation of both. Find out more…



IISD – Summary: 14th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (COP 14)


The fourteenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 14) convened in New Delhi, India, from 2-13 September 2017. The meeting gathered approximately 8,000 participants including more than 100 ministers and high-level officials. The adopted decisions included guidance on how to implement four thematic policy frameworks approved at the last COP, addressing drought, gender, sand and dust storms, as well as desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) as a driver for migration. The COP also agreed to include land tenure as a new thematic area under the Convention.



The UNCCD’s two subsidiary bodies, the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) and the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC), convened in parallel to the COP. One of the central themes of the COP 14 high-level segment on 9-10 September was how to build momentum towards a global movement on land restoration. Three ministerial roundtables and three high-level interactive dialogues included exchanges with representatives of civil society organizations (CSOs), the youth and the private sector. Find out more…



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