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UNCCD enters new partnership in the Gulf Cooperation Council

​13/06/2013, Dubai. Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, and Mikhael Jaime Shamis, President, World Youth Bank, have signed a partnership to mobilize resources and carry out high-level advocacy in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states. The Exchange of Letters was signed in Dubai yesterday.

The aim is to marshal finances for the Convention’s Supplementary Trust Fund and advocate and raise awareness among the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member States, including rallying celebrities to support the Convention’s cause and participate in its major events.

The partnership is backed by a resource mobilization task force to be based in Dubai with jurisdiction over the GCC member States, namely, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The Task Force will be launched in the coming months.

“The establishment of this Task Force comes at an opportune moment.  We are at the half-way mark in the implementation of the Ten-Year Strategy (2008-2018) and at the beginning of implementing the outcomes on desertification, land degradation and drought agreed by world leaders last year at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, known as Rio + 20. We need a renewed partnership at all levels to increase the momentum we have created for change,” said Mr. Gnacadja about the partnership.

As part of the commitment, Shamis, who will co-chair the Task Force, announced he will support the UNCCD financially and technically to translate its website into the six official languages of the United Nations before the eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties taking place in Windhoek, Namibia, from 16 to 27 September 2013.

According to the agreement, the activities under the partnership agreement will be discharged with “due diligence and efficiency, and in conformity with the Rules and Regulations of the United Nations and any applicable policy of the UNCCD.”

It states further that the financial resources mobilized for the Supplementary Trust Fund will be deposited in the UNCCD account and their use will be subject to the internal auditing procedures of the United Nations and applicable UNCCD policies.

The UNCCD was established in 1992, along with the UN Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity, but has been comparatively under-resourced since its establishment.

For more information on the partnership contact:
Mr Melchiade Bukuru
Chief, UNCCD New York Liaison Office
Email: bukuru@un.org

About the UNCCD
Developed as a result of the Rio Summit in 1992, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), with 195 parties, is a unique instrument that has brought global attention to land degradation and drought impacts in one of the most vulnerable ecosystems and people in the world. The UNCCD promotes sustainable development, food security and poverty reduction.

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