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The Parliamentarian Round Tables aim to increase parliamentary awareness of issues of land degradation and desertification, and to boost the effectiveness of land and soil policies. As the success of the UNCCD's objectives significantly depends on the creation of appropriate national land policies, the involvement of parliamentarians in its process is essential.

Parliamentarians who participate in the UNCCD’s Round Tables seek to implement national strategies for sustainable development, and to ensure that appropriate legislation is developed and adopted to effectively implement such measures. 

Since 1998, the Round Tables have become a regular addition to the biennial Conference of the Parties (COP). Declarations adopted by the Round Table are integrated into the COP’s final report and become an integral part of the UNCCD’s policy framework.

The UNCCD secretariat organizes the Round Tables with the support of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the host country of each session. The IPU is the umbrella organization for parliaments around the world, and thus plays a crucial role in alerting and mobilizing parliamentarians on significant global issues, such as desertification, land degradation and drought.


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