DLDD high-level event FAQs

1. Why is this event important for me?

The COVID-19 pandemic has shut down economies for nearly 18 months now. This is the meeting where you can begin to see how world leaders and governments are thinking about the future. Participating at this event will give you an idea of what governments are thinking about the road to recovery. Scientists expect pandemics to increase, unless we change how we live, by planning and managing the land differently in the future. In short, by setting up new policies in land use and management policies. As the first world leaders’ meeting since 2020, defining the path to recovery and to the future will not only start at this meeting. They ideas and solutions for action coming out of this meeting will influence broader processes and events that follow. Starting with the Food Summit in July/September and the two global environmental Conferences that taking place later this year. The (15th) Conference the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity taking place in October in Kunming, China, that will set the agenda on species and the land for up to 2030. This will be followed by the (26th) Conference of the Parties to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Changing direction in a planned and deliberate way will as well as reversing past trends during the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration that starts this year will ensure present and future generations live better and in harmony with nature.

2. Who are the speakers?

In addition to the heads of state and government and heads of government, the confirmed line-up of keynote speakers include:

  • Volkan Bozkir, President, United Nations General Assembly
  • Munir Akram, President, United Nations Economic and Social Council
  • Narendra Modi, Prime Minister, India, and COP14 President of the UN Convention to Combat desertification, land degradation and drought (UNCCD)
  • Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
  • Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
  • Elizabeth Mrema, Executive Secretary, United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Sir Robert Watson, former Chair of Inter-governmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
  • Hindou Ibrahim Oumarou, President of the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT)

3. How can I participate at the High-Level Dialogue?

Anyone in the world can watch the entire event online. However, only government representatives who sign up for the event in line with the procedures they have approved under the United Nations can speak. The event will be broadcast live through UN WebTV and streamed through the UNCCD Facebook (@UNCCD).

4. In what language will the event be conducted?

The event will be conducted in all six United Nations languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish and Russian.

5. Do I have to pay or register for the event?

No, there is no cost. It is free. Anyone can participate. No registration is required. You can watch it from your smartphone, computer or any other technology that can connect to the Internet.

6. Can I ask questions?

No. Because it is a meeting between governments, only our representatives can ask questions. But ordinary people are welcome to pose questions directly to the people they want to get answers or responses from using social media handles. Most leaders or their organizations have social media handles for such uses.

7. What time will the event take place in my country’s local time?

Use google tools to find your local time when the event is starting, which is 10.00-13.00 and 15.00-18.00 EDT.

8. Can I watch the event later?

The broadcaster, UN Web TV usually keeps the recording online for a day or to, but not longer. If you need to watch it later, do so but do not wait longer than a day or two after the event. Recordings are kept for a very short time because storing the files takes a lot of bandwidth and space.