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UNCCD CSO panel election

Mauro Centritto, a member of DesertNet International, will be representing Western Europe in the newly elected UNCCD CSO panel. The new members of the CSO panel that will serve until COP16 are the following: Mr. Oyéoussi Charles Balogoun from Afrique Esperance (Benin) representing Africa Mr. Surya Narayana Reddy from GVS (India) representing Asia Ms. Ana […]


The Organizing Committee of the Global Symposium on Soils for Nutrition (GSOIL4N), which will be held on 26-29 July 2022, is currently accepting abstracts that will compete for oral and poster presentations during this symposium. The abstracts should be submitted in English, maximum 3.000 characters (without spaces). The deadline for submission of abstracts is 30 April 2022. Abstracts should […]

World Water Day 2022

Happy World Water Day! This year’s topic is “Groundwater – Making the Invisible Visible”. In conjunction with World Water Day, the United Nations World Water Development Report has been launched (available here). The report provides decision-makers with knowledge and tools to formulate and implement sustainable water policies. It also offers best practices and in-depth analyses to stimulate ideas and […]

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CALL FOR PAPERS – Special Issue on “Land Degradation and Desertification mapping and Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) targets”

The Land Degradation and Development Journal accepted and advertised a proposal formulated by Claudio Zucca (member of DNI Advisory Board),  Michael Cherlet (member of DNI Steering Committee), and other colleagues, for a special issue on “Land Degradation and Desertification mapping and Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) targets“.   A call for papers is now open! Authors wishing to […]

UNCCD CSO Newsletter N. 7

The new issue of UNCCD CSO Newsletter is now available. This seventh issue contains information on the upcoming events, including the online event between the CSOs and Land Degradation Neutrality Fund and the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. It also contains news from CSOs accredited to the UNCCD, explores latest reports and publications […]

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Earth day 2021

Earth Day is celebrated annually on 22 April. The second Earth Day Live digital event will take place today, and the theme for this year is: Restore our Earth. Several major climate-related events will take place in parallel on 22 April,  including: the Leaders’ Summit on Climate, hosted by the United States, which will be highlighting the urgent need […]

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The United Nations world water development report 2021: valuing water

The theme of World Water Day 2021 (22/03/2021) is valuing water. The 2021 World Water Development Report on “Valuing Water” assesses the current status of and challenges to the valuation of water across differing sectors and perspectives and identifies ways in which valuation can be promoted as a tool help achieve sustainability. How do you […]

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CRIC 19 CSO final statement

The nineteenth session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 19) to the UNCCD was held online from 15 to 19 March 2021. The CRIC 19 reviewed the effective implementation of the Convention at national, subregional and regional levels, including updates on the voluntary land degradation neutrality target setting […]

DNI General Assembly held its biannual session

On 22 February 2021 DNI General Assembly successfully held its biannual session online. The Agenda for the meeting was as follows: Session I: Welcoming remarks Opening of the Sixth General Assembly of DNI Welcome by DNI Chair Session II: Outcomes of the DNI elections DNI election process and its results Proclamation and inauguration of the […]

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2021 UN Global Climate Action Awards

The United Nations Climate Change Secretariat is now accepting applications for the 2021 Global Climate Action Awards , which recognises the world’s most innovative, scalable and replicable examples of action to tackle climate change.   Who can apply? Organisations, cities, businesses, schools, governments and other key players that are taking concrete action on climate change. […]

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The One Planet Summit for biodiversity was held on 11 January 2021 in Paris

France, together with the United Nations and the World Bank, has organised the “One Planet Summit” for biodiversity, which was on 11 January 2021 in Paris. The Summit  brought together heads of state and government, leaders of international organisations, financial institutions, companies and NGOs, all ready to demonstrate that their commitments are leading to concrete […]

The 4 per 1000 initiative. Meeting December 2019, Madrid, Spain.

Agricultural soils can play an important role not only for food security but also for climate change adaptation and mitigation. The Initiative launched by France (December 2015) at COP 21 is intended to engage the public and private sectors under this framework. The Third “4 per 1000 Initiative Day” was held in Madrid, on the […]

UNCCD COP.14 was held in New Delhi, India from 2 to 13 September 2019

Approximately 6000 participants attended the meeting. The Parties to the Convention agreed on actions to further implement the Convention’s goals for 2018-2030 for furthering sustainable development by combatting land degradation and showing pragmatic ways to enhance resilience to droughts. Over 30 decisions were taken at the Conference which can be found here:  The Conference […]