Global Con­fer­ence on de­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion kicks-off in Turkey

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Alex Abutu

Turkey’s Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan of­fi­cially opened the high level seg­ment of the 12th ses­sion of the Con­fer­ence of the Par­ties, cur­rently in progress in Ankara, Turkey.

Nearly 4,000 par­tic­i­pants are gath­ered in Turkey to de­cide on how to stop and re­verse the grow­ing threats of drought and de­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion that have dis­placed and de­stroyed the liveli­hoods of bil­lions of peo­ple around the world.

Fail­ing to act on land degra­da­tion to­day could lead to global food pro­duc­tion fall­ing by 12 per cent over the next 25 years and lead to a 30 per cent in­crease in the world food prices.

United Na­tions Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon will de­liver a mes­sage at the open­ing while high-rank­ing gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials will en­gage in di­a­logue on is­sues high on the global po­lit­i­cal agenda, in­clud­ing cli­mate change re­silience, drought, land rights and the trans­la­tion of the re­cently adopted Global Goal on Life on Land.

The high-level seg­ment of the con­fer­ence will be at­tended by about 75 high rank­ing gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives, in­clud­ing more than 55 min­is­ters and deputy-min­is­ters.

Nige­ria del­e­ga­tion to the con­fer­ence in­clude Mr Goni Ahmed Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Na­tional Agency for the Great Green Wall.

At the high-level seg­ment of the twelfth ses­sion of the con­fer­ence of the par­ties, min­is­ters and other heads of del­e­ga­tion will hold ple­nary dis­cus­sions in the form of three min­is­te­rial round ta­bles and three in­ter­ac­tive di­a­logue ses­sions as fol­lows: From global to lo­cal: trans­lat­ing land degra­da­tion neu­tral­ity into ac­tion; Drought adap­ta­tion: main­stream­ing drought man­age­ment pol­icy in na­tional agen­das and mit­i­gat­ing the ef­fects of drought; Land-based ap­proach to cli­mate change and re­silience through sus­tain­able land man­age­ment;

There will also be an in­ter­ac­tive di­a­logue ses­sion with civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions on land rights.

It is an­tic­i­pated that the high-level seg­ment will bring po­lit­i­cal mo­men­tum to the de­lib­er­a­tions of coun­try par­ties and boost the en­gage­ment of stake­hold­ers in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the United Na­tions Con­ven­tion Com­bat De­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion.

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