Bhupender Yadav leads Indian delegation at COP15 summit on desertification

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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.

  • About UNCCD 

  • 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.

  • About COP

  • 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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