Land is finite in quantity. Competing demands for its goods and services are increasing pressures on land resources in virtually every country.

The Global Land Outlook (GLO)

The first edition of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification’s (UNCCD) Global Land Outlook (GLO) was published in September 2017. The GLO is a strategic communications platform and publication that demonstrates the central importance of land quality to human well-being, assesses current trends in land conversion, degradation and loss, identifies the driving factors and analyzes the impacts, provides scenarios for future challenges and opportunities, and presents a new and transformative vision for land management policy, planning and practice at global and national scales.

Bringing together a diverse group of international experts and partners, the GLO addresses the future challenges and opportunities for the management and restoration of land resources in the context of sustainable development, including:

  • food, water and energy security;
  • climate change and biodiversity conservation;
  • urban, peri-urban and infrastructure development;
  • land tenure, governance and gender; and
  • migration, conflict and human security.

An integral part of the GLO’s digital platform will be the direct linkage with, and support from, the UNCCD Knowledge Hub which allows users to perform advanced searches within the relevant knowledge bases of our partners.

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Land Degradation Neutrality

SDG 15: Life on Land. On 25 September 2015, 193 countries came together in New York to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs. SDG 15 calls for the protection, restoration and sustainable management of land-based ecosystems. In doing so, target 15.3 specifically aims to achieve a Land Degradation Neutral World by the year 2030.

Launch of the GLO

The Global Land Outlook (GLO) was launched in September 2017 at the 13th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (COP13) in Ordos, China. Speaking at the launch, then-UNCCD Executive Secretary Monique Barbut said how land degradation and drought are global challenges “intimately linked” to food security, migration and employment, among others factors. “As the ready supply of healthy and productive land dries up and the population grows, competition is intensifying for land within countries and globally.”