Saturday, March 17, 2018


The Vice Premier of the Peoples Republic of China, H.E. Mr. Wang Yang (centre) with the COP 13 President Mr. Zhang,and UNCCD Executive Secretary, Monique Burbut.

China has declared that fighting desertification was the joint mission of all humankind and the responsibility of the international community to ensure a beautiful planet and over the coming decades.

President Xi Jinping of the Peoples Republic of China has therefore promised that his country will put an emphasis on the development of an ecological civilization – including by combating desertification – to ensure better societal fairness and human well-being.

In a message delivered on his behalf by the Vice Premier of China, Mr. Wang Yang, during the opening of the 13th. Conference of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification’s High Level Segment, President Xi Jinping observed that several phenomena were a threat to the world well being.

He told the high-level segment that desertification, land degradation and drought were a threat to global security due to their impacts on livelihoods that sorely depended on land productivity.

If unchecked, he warned drought would lead to the worst humanitarian crises since the Second World War adding that distress migration was likely to escalate to an estimated 60 million people by 2045 courtesy of desertification in sub-Saharan Africa.

A cross section of Kenya’s delegation to COP 3 in Ordos, China, following deliberations during the official opening of the HLS.

The president noted that up to 2 billion hectares of land in 169 countries were degraded on average, and 12 million hectares were lost annually due to desertification and drought.

He observed that in an unprecedented global campaign to save productive land, 112 countries had agreed to make the Sustainable Development Goal target of achieving land degradation neutrality by 2030 a national target for action.
President Xi Jiping noted that, the world’s most populous nations of Brazil, China, India, Nigeria, Russia and South Africa had committed to land degradation neutrality programs targeting an estimated 1.3 billion mostly poor people to regain food, water, energy, job security and resilience to climate change.

He urged nations to join the restoration initiative that signaled determination to restore degraded land through the leadership of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and supported by International partners.

The  High Level Segment /Ministerial meeting of the 13th session of the UNCCD is being attended by more than 80 ministers and over 2,000 delegates from members states including civil societies, and will discuss pursuing land degradation neutrality as a viable response to the growing threats of desertification, drought, sand and dust storms.




























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