Family photo of the COP Presidency and the UNCCD Secretariat at the end of the meeting
The Committee of the Whole (COW) contact group convened in the morning to finalize negotiations of draft decisions on drought, and integration of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. In the afternoon the COW convened its closing plenary and adopted the final set of 11 decisions prepared by the group.
Thereafter, delegates convened the final plenary of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to adopt the outcomes of the conference.
In his closing remarks, COP President Prakash Javadekar expressed India’s commitment to contribute to the implementation of the UNCCD, through, among other actions: establishing a center of excellence to promote knowledge on core themes of the Convention and contribute to South-South Exchange; raising its 2030 land restoration target from 21 million hectares to 26 million hectares; and steering the land agenda at the global level.
UNCCD Executive Secretary, Ibrahim Thiaw, highlighted four messages from COP 14:
Delivering a clear message to the upcoming Climate Week New York 2019 that land restoration is one of the cheapest solutions for climate change, biodiversity loss and multiple SDGs;
Making a clear business case for investing in land restoration and sustainable value chains, while underscoring that attracting the private sector will require regulatory frameworks and market incentives;
Recognizing the importance of drought and the need to support affected parties to better mitigate and manage risks; and
Putting people at the heart of the Convention’s agenda through the decision on land tenure.
Following closing statements by representatives of regional groups and civil society, COP President Javadekar declared COP 14 closed at 6.50 pm.
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