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Opening session

Welcoming address by Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of UNCCD.

Text of the welcoming address by Luc Gnacadja

 Video of the welsoming address by Luc Gnacadja


Mr Gnacadja drew attention to a growing global shift in policy and public perceptions of the significance of land degradation in relation to climate change. He said the salience of land degradation had increased, and that the Climate Conference in Copenhagen had provided a new opportunity to advocate the importance of sustainable land and water management in climate change mitigation and adaptation, and of the synergy between the UNCCD and the post-2012 climate change agreement.

Opening remarks by H.E. Abdullah M. Alsaidi, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Yemen to the United Nations, Chair of the Group of 77

Video of the opening remarks by H.E. Abdullah M. Alsaidi

Ambassador Abdullah Alsaidi, described the links between the impacts of climate change and land degradation that include soil erosion and compromised water quality and quantity. He said these effects are critical for developing countries, and stressed the importance of synergy and coordination of activities among the three sister Rio Conventions on biological diversity, climate change and desertification.


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