Newdelhi:2/9/19:Union Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Shri Prakash Javadekar and Executive Secretary, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Mr.IbrahimThiaw today jointly inaugurated the 12- day 14th Conference of Parties (COP14) to UNCCD at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida. Addressing the Inaugural session of the Conference, the Environment Minister who is also the elected COP President for next two years, expressed India’s resounding commitment to finding a long-term solution for minimizing the impact of desertification and land degradation. “This year, India being the global host for COP 14 will take over the COP Presidency from China for the next two years till 2021. India is privileged to be among the select few countries to have hosted the COP of all three Rio conventions on climate change, biodiversity and land. Through hosting COP 14, India will highlight its leadership in navigating the land management agenda at global level. It will also provide a stage to mainstream sustainable land management in country’s national development policies”, said Shri Javadekar.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Thiaw said, “For the next two weeks we are over six thousand tasked with making life better for the 3 and half billion affected by the degradation of three quarters of our land”
Giving the Host country statement, MoS, MoEF&CC, Shri Babul Supriyo said “India has been proactive in combating land degradation, desertification and drought. We have added more than 15000 Sq km of tree cover inside and outside forest areas in last 5 years, which is a big success in land restoration”.
The objective of the COP 14, accompanied with fourteenth meeting of Committee on Science and Technology (CST 14) and eighteenth meeting of Committee to Review the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 18), is to discuss on various issues of land such as sustainable land management, reversing land degradation, mitigating drought, halting desertification, addressing sand and dust storms, linkages with gender, tenure, etc. and guide the Convention as global and national circumstances needs change.