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.
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.