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Consultative Meeting of Experts on a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on Land Degradation Neutral World (LDNW) and on the target of Zero Net Land Degradation (ZNLD)

​The Consultative Meeting on a Land-Degradation Neutral World (LDNW), hosted by the government of the Republic of Korea and facilitated by the UNCCD Secretariat, took place on 26-27 June 2013 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. During the two-day event, government representatives, scientists and civil society organizations discussed ways to implement the outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) whereby countries committed to strive to achieve a land-degradation neutral world.  
 

The meeting was chaired by Jia Xiaoxia, Director of the International Bureau to Combat Desertification, State Forestry Administration, China. The recommendations on targets, indicators and the modalities for implementation, discussed at the expert meeting, will be considered at the UNCCD’s 11th Conference of the Parties to be held in Namibia from 16-27 September 2013. Below you can watch the videos of the opening remarks and the presentations made on 26 June. 
 
 
Oakwood Premier Coex Center
 
Seoul, Republic of Korea
 
26 June 2013
 

Plenary Session 
 
Welcome and Opening Remarks

 
Mr. Luc Gnacadja, UNCCD Executive Secretary​
 
Dr. Yongha Kim, Vice Minister of the Korea Forest Service, Government of the Republic of Korea
 

 
Presentations 
 
Melchiade Bukuru, Chief, UNCCD Liaison Office, UNHQ, New York
 
Outcomes of and follow up to the Rio+20 Conference relevant to desertification, land degradation and drought issues

 
Pamela Chasek, Manhattan College, International Institute for Sustainable Development
 
Definition of a LDNW and the ZNLD target: Perspectives from the Sede Boqer Workshop (November 2012)

 

 
Questions and Answers
 

 
Irene L. Heuser, Deputy Chair of Specialist Group on Sustainable Soils and Desertification of IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law. Legal options for integrating land and soil issues in the UNCCD 
 
Ivonne Lobos Alva, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies
 
Outcomes and follow up to the 1st Global Soil Week Dialogue Sessions
 
Victor Castillo, UNCCD Secretariat
 
Impact indicators in the context of the UNCCD 
 

 
Questions and Answers; Open Discussion 
 

Read the press release about the meeting here​
 
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