Highlights for Tuesday, 10 September 2019
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.
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.
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:
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.For more details on the day’s negotiations and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB).
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB meeting coverage, provided daily web coverage and daily reports from UNCCD COP 14. In addition, IISD Reporting Services has published a summary and analysis report from this session, which is now available in HTML and PDF.
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A Values-Based Approach to Land Stewardship
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, India, and Ezechiel Joseph, Saint Lucia
Dais during the dialogue
Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Chad, and Baaba Maal, Senegal
Sergio Costa, Minister of the Environment, Italy
Kemo Fatty, Green Up, Gambia, and Nathalie van Haren, Both ENDS
View of the room
Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam, Holy See
Braulio Huaylla, Bolivia
Healthy Land – Healthy People
Lorena Aguilar Revelo, Costa Rica; Dennis Musuku Wanchinga, Zambia; Daniel Tsegai, UNCCD Secretariat; and Howard Bamsey, Global Water Partnership
Sibongile Mavimbela, Southern African Development Community
Lorena Aguilar Revelo, Costa Rica
Participants during the dialogue
High-Level Segment: Formal Statements Session
UNCCD Deputy Executive Secretary, Pradeep Monga; Jigmet Takpa, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, India; and Sharma Sangeeta, COP Secretary
Yeshey Penjor, Bhutan
Batio Nestor Bassiere, Burkina Faso
Joseph Jouthe, Haiti
Erik Grigoryan, Armenia
David Goldwin Pollard, Guyana
Oliver Kumbambe, Malawi
Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, Iceland
Ibukun Odusote, Nigeria
Dennis Musuku Wanchinga, Zambia
Déo Guide Rurema, Burundi
Boosting Sustainable Value Chains for Land-Based Business
Dais during the interactive dialogue
Cai Mantang, Elion Resources Group
Bernard Giraud, Livelihoods Funds
Tony Siantonas, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Ana Maldonado, Ecuador
Closing of the High-Level Segment
Pradeep Monga, UNCCD Deputy Executive Secretary; Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Secretary, UNCCD; Prakash Javadekar, COP 14 President; Carmen Margina, UNCCD Secretariat; and Rajeb Boulharouf, UNCCD Secretariat
Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Secretary, UNCCD, and COP 14 President, Prakash Javadekar
Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Ana Cristina Quirós, Costa Rica
Ezechiel Joseph, Saint Lucia
Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Secretary, UNCCD
Around the Conference