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The permanent secretariat of the Convention was established in Article 23 of the UNCCD. It has been located in Bonn, Germany since January 1999. 

In line with Article 23 of the UNCCD, the key function of the secretariat is to service the sessions of the COP and its subsidiary bodies. This includes a multitude of tasks, ranging from the preparation of substantive documentation to logistical arrangements for the sessions.
The ten-year Strategy specifies the mandate of the secretariat for the period 2008-2018. According to The Strategy, ..."

Successful implementation of this strategic plan requires a strengthening of the core servicing, advocacy and agenda-setting and representation functions of the UNCCD secretariat – with commensurate capacity and resources – in order to support Parties, the COP and the subsidiary bodies of the Convention in fulfilling their respective roles. The secretariat has a lead role for operational objective 1 [on advocacy, awareness raising and education] and specific outcomes of operational objectives 2 and 3 [on policy framework and science, technology and knowledge, respectively] as well as a support role in other operational objectives [on capacity building and financing and technology transfer]...".

In 2014, a UNCCD monitoring and evaluation system was launched, with the aim to promote greater understanding of the work carried out under the UNCCD and to strengthen the secretariat and GM’s external credibility and accountability. This system will also support the secretariat and GM's oversight responsibilities and decision-making, and enhance the internal culture of learning.
NEW! The evaluation report on the UNCCD pilot project concerning national land degradation neutrality target setting and the respective management response are now completed.  They can be found from the lower right side of this page, under "Monitoring and evaluation".  

Current priorities of the secretariat

The current results-based framework for the secretariat is presented in its 2014–2017 workplan.  The overall aim of the secretariat remains to service the COP and its subsidiary bodies in a manner that enables well-founded decision-making and successful action in advancing the implementation of the UNCCD. Particular attention is paid to

(a) Increasing the political momentum: Active promotion of the UNCCD, notably by linking scientific findings with political decision-making, supports a growing global commitment to halt land degradation and rehabilitate already degraded land.   

(b) Moving toward global target-setting:  Inputs to the evolving global development agenda, notably the Sustainable Development Goals and the next framework for commitments on climate change, highlight the importance of building national/regional land degradation neutrality and recognizing the critical role of land and soil in climate change adaptation and mitigation.     

(c) Improving conditions for national implementation: Access to information, up-scaling of good practices, and opportunities for capacity-building are critical for progress in implementing the UNCCD at national level. 


In order to efficiently carry out its tasks, the secretariat will build and further strengthen partnerships with programmes and institutions that have proven capacities in the areas covered by the UNCCD. ​




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