Bhupender Yadav leads Indian delegation at COP15 summit on desertification
The Indian delegation led by Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav has reached Abidjan, Cote D Ivoire to attend the Conference of Parties, 15th meeting of the United Nations Convention on Combating Desertification (UNCCD COP15) from 9th to 20th May 2022.
India had hosted the fourteenth session of this Conference from 2nd to 13th September 2019, in New Delhi.
The COP15 theme is ‘Land, Life, Legacy from scarcity to prosperity'.
It is a call to action to protect land which is the lifeline on this planet, and continues to benefit present and future generations.
Land is the cornerstone of a healthy, productive society, and COP15 will explore the relationship between land and other key issues.
Agenda of the Conference
Drought, land restoration, land rights, gender equality and youth empowerment are the top subjects on the Conference agenda.
Through its decisions adopted by UNCCD’s 197 Parties, COP15 is expected to galvanise sustainable solutions for land restoration and drought resilience.
It stands for United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.
It was established in 1994.
Its aim is to combat desertification and the ill effects of drought.
It is a legally binding convention that links development and the environment with sustainable land management.
The Convention obliges national governments to take measures to deal with the issue of desertification.
India ratified the Convention to Combat Desertification in December 1996.
India is the COP president for 2019 – 2021.
The conference of the parties (COP) is the meeting of the ratifying governments.
The Prime Minister of India at COP14 announced that the country will resettle an additional 50 lakh hectares of land by 2030.
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