Cultural leaders and activists engaged with high-level participants at the interactive dialogues.
On the second day of the High-Level Segment, delegates held three interactive dialogue sessions on:
a values-based approach to land stewardship
healthy land – healthy people
boosting sustainable value chains for land-based business
In the morning, delegates also heard country statements on progress made in implementing the Convention.
During the closing plenary of the High-Level Segment, chairs of the ministerial roundtable discussions and interactive dialogues presented the outcomes and also took note of progress towards developing the New Delhi Declaration. These outcomes highlighted:
the need to protect financial capital in the face of rapid population growth and the resultant pressure on global land resources;
the importance of participatory and inclusive dialogue among stakeholders; and
desertification and land degradation is a global responsibility that requires partnerships at all levels, and should be guided by scientific knowledge and technology.
In closing, COP 14 President Javadekar lauded Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his commitment to restore 26 million hectares of land, create centers of excellence on land issues, and phase out single-use plastic in India.
Events held on the sidelines of the meeting included a high-level luncheon to launch the Peace Forest Initiative, which aims to support joint rehabilitation of degraded areas in post-conflict settings; a consultation on the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030; and the Day of Action for Land at the Rio Conventions Pavilion focusing on implementation of land degradation neutrality (LDN) projects.
At the Technology Fair, participants discussed digitalization to foster the urban-rural nutrient and carbon cycle towards sustainable and healthy soils. In the evening, a consultation was held among the ministers of French-speaking communities to promote the development of transformative projects and the mobilization of resources for the implementation of LDN in Francophone areas.
In parallel, delegates in the contact groups continued to negotiate draft decision text into the evening.
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