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CYNK, KenGrow and UNCCD join new climate-smart agriculture project to empower female farmers 

Together KenGrow, Flux, Hiveonline and CYNK will deliver digital infrastructure alongside new regenerative agriculture techniques to increase climate finance inclusion for Kenyan women in rural communities.    Dubai, December 2023. CYNK, a leading climate finance platform founded in Nairobi, Kenya, announces a new partnership with KenGrow and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) to provide funding and expertise to women smallholder farmers in emerging economies. The first climate smart regenerative agriculture project, based in Kisumu, Kenya, will see CYNK teaming up with KenGrow, a foundation that builds bridges between communities within Kenya and Flux, an organisation specialised in Enhanced Rock Weathering (ERW), headquartered in Nairobi. Leveraging Hiveonline’s digital community finance platform KenGrow members will have access to financial inclusion tools that give women greater control of their finances.   CYNK's cutting-edge technology is set to empower women members of the KenGrow group in rural communities through a groundbreaking UNCCD Climate Smart Agriculture project. This partnership unlocks a triple win: increased income, climate resilience, and digital inclusion.    Women farmers will generate additional income by sequestering carbon on their farms and earning carbon credit revenue streams via CYNK's platform. This reduces their reliance on expensive synthetic fertilizers, further boosting their profits and yields. Additionally, CYNK's virtual training empowers them to adopt innovative, nature-positive farming techniques, specifically tailored to the cyclical nature and seasonality of agriculture. This builds resilience and paves the way for long-term success. The Kisumu-based project will combine Flux’s pioneering regenerative agriculture technique, with KenGrow’s networking and training opportunities. Flux reduces the overreliance on synthetic fertilizers by providing a natural soil health improver in the form of volcanic rock powders. This technique has the potential to sequester up to 5 gigatons of CO2 per year globally. It will support the socio-economic development of 2,000 Kenyan women in grassroots rural and peri-urban communities. Sudhu Arumugam, CEO at CYNK, commented: “We are proud to partner with these prestigious organisations to provide female smallholder farmers an opportunity to enhance their farming expertise and generate additional revenue streams via our carbon credit platform. It is critical to deploy scalable technology like regenerative agriculture to promote women’s financial resilience, protect soils relied upon by local communities and contribute to global climate goals.”  Louise Baker, Managing Director of the Global Mechanism at UNCCD, added: “We are excited to launch our Climate Smart Agriculture project in partnership with KenGrow and CYNK. It is clear that female smallholder farmers need to be at the forefront of climate action - this program will strengthen their capacity to apply positive agricultural and climate resilient practices. Investing in women’s access to funding and expertise is not only a question of justice but a commitment to the prosperity of our lands.”    For media inquiries contact London  Tristan Peniston-Bird, Portland Communications  +44 7772 031 886, Tristan.Peniston-Bird@Portland-Communications.com Pauline Guenot, Portland Communications +44 7379 068 832, Pauline.Guenot@Portland-Communications.com  Nairobi Joel Chacha, Portland Communications +254 722 909 251, Joel.Chacha@Portland-Communications.com About CYNK CYNK is an end-to-end platform that covers the lifecycle of a carbon or biodiversity credit. From origination, financing and secondary trading of carbon, CYNK is a one-stop platform for the origination of high-integrity credits with fully immutable audit trails of digital Monitoring Reporting and Verification (dMRV) via blockchains. https://www.CYNK.io

CYNK, KenGrow and UNCCD join new climate-smart agriculture project to empower female farmers 
La Alianza Global para la Resiliencia a la Sequía cobra impulso con nuevos miembros

Senegal y España, copresidentes de IDRA, celebran un acto de alto nivel en la COP28 Australia, Colombia, Comoras, Italia, Jordania, Uruguay y la Commonwealth son los últimos en unirse Dubai, 1 de diciembre de 2023—Mientras 2023 toca a su fin como el año más cálido jamás registrado, la incorporación de ocho nuevos miembros a la Alianza Internacional para la Resiliencia a la Sequía (IDRA) indica una creciente voluntad política para actuar contra uno de los desastres naturales más mortíferos y costosos del mundo. La incorporación de seis países y cuatro importantes organizaciones intergubernamentales y de investigación, anunciada en la Cumbre del Clima de la ONU COP28 en Dubai, eleva el número total de miembros de la IDRA a 36 países y 28 organizaciones. Los países que han unido a la alianza este año son Australia, Colombia, Italia, Jordania, la Unión de las Comoras, que actualmente preside la Unión Africana, y Uruguay. Además, se anunció la adhesión a la IDRA de la Secretaría de la Commonwealth, así como de otras tres organizaciones: la Comisión del Clima para la Región del Sahel (CCRS), la Comisión Centroamericana de Clima y Medio Ambiente (CCAD) y el Instituto Internacional para la Gestión del Agua (IWMI), miembro de la asociación mundial de investigación CGIAR. Juntos, representan el trabajo en curso para aumentar la resiliencia a la sequía nivel nacional, regional y mundial, y hacerlo en base a la ciencia. IDRA es la primera coalición mundial dedicada movilizar el capital político y los recursos financieros y técnicos para un futuro resiliente a la sequía. Tras ser presentada en la COP27 por los líderes de España y Senegal, la Alianza consagró 2023 a movilizar aliados al más alto nivel político. A partir de 2024, IDRA se apoyará en la fortaleza colectiva de sus miembros para impulsar políticas, acciones y capacitaciones concretas para el bien común, reconociendo que sólo la resiliencia a la sequía y al cambio climático depende de la salud de nuestras tierras. La secretaría de IDRA tiene su sede en la Convención de las Naciones Unidas de Lucha contra la Desertificación (CNULD). Unidos para el cambio Los copresidentes de IDRA han enfatizado la urgencia de aumentar la resiliencia a la sequía, ya que se prevé que la demanda mundial de agua dulce supere la disponibilidad en un 40% para 2030. Asimismo, aplaudieron la voluntad de los nuevos miembros de transformar el modo abordar la sequía. "La sequía no conoce fronteras, por lo que necesitamos una acción común y solidaria para hacer frente a la emergencia", ha afirmado el Presidente de Senegal, S.E. Macky Sall, remarcando que las sequías afectan a 1.840 millones de personas en todo el mundo, el 85% de ellas en países de renta baja y media. La transferencia de tecnologías, la puesta en común de experiencias y el intercambio de buenas prácticas, así como una transición energética justa, son elementos centrales de esta acción. El Presidente del Gobierno de España, S.E. Pedro Sánchez, ha resumido los logros de IDRA en su primer año, desde la movilización de países y organizaciones globales, hasta el trazado de un marco común de acción con inversiones prioritarias para la resiliencia a la sequía, pasando por el apoyo al desarrollo de estrategias en áreas como el Corredor Seco centroamericano. "La sequía es un fenómeno global. A aquellos que aún no son miembros de IDRA, les invito a unirse a esta Alianza para potenciar los esfuerzos individuales y transformarlos en acción colectiva", dijo Sánchez. "Aprovechemos el impulso político de la COP28 para aumentar la resiliencia ante los fenómenos extremos". Por su parte, la Secretaria General de la Commonwealth, S. E. Patricia Scotland, ha afirmado: "Muchos de los 56 países de la Commonwealth que experimentan fenómenos meteorológicos extremos acogerán IDRA como una oportunidad para promover el aprendizaje mutuo y la acción colaborativa en materia de resiliencia a la sequía. Esta labor conjunta ayudará a nuestros países a aplicar soluciones eficaces y proteger a las comunidades más vulnerables." El Secretario Ejecutivo de la CNULD, Ibrahim Thiaw, ha concluido: "Las sequías son un fenómeno natural, pero las estamos empeorando con el manejo insostenible de la tierra, la deforestación y la alteración de los sistemas naturales, incluido el clima. Lo que la humanidad hizo por negligencia, debe y puede arreglarlo mediante una acción concertada, o se enfrentará a un futuro cada vez más duro". Resiliencia a la sequía en la COP28 Los nuevos miembros de IDRA han sido anunciados durante el evento de alto nivel ‘De la concienciación a la acción: unidos por la resiliencia a la sequía frente a un clima cambiante,’ en la COP28. El acto ha reunido a los copresidentes de la IDRA, Senegal y España, y a los miembros de la Alianza para hacer balance del primer año de la iniciativa y dar paso a una nueva fase centrada en la acción. Durante el evento, la CNULD presentó su informe ‘Retrato global de la sequía’ un compendio información y datos relacionados con la sequía que busca informar a los negociadores de la COP28, así como a responsables de la toma de decisiones y a profesionales de todo el mundo. Un segundo evento de alto nivel de IDRA, previsto para el 9 de diciembre y centrado en las soluciones basadas en la naturaleza y la financiación para la resiliencia a la sequía, reunirá a líderes de diferentes países y organismos para tratar sobre formas prácticas de acelerar la acción. Notas para los editores Para entrevistas y consultas, póngase en contacto con: press@unccd.int y/o unccd@portland-communications.com  Fotos (crédito UNCCD): https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1rNhWAFqQxc5ZoDK1QdISbRhaRszoONaF?usp=sharing Redes sociales Twitter: @UNCCD / Instagram: @unccd  Para información sobre IDRA y los eventos de la UNCCD en la COP28 visite: https://idralliance.global y https://www.unccd.int/cop28pavilion Acerca de la CNULD La Convención de las Naciones Unidas de Lucha contra la Desertificación (CNULD) es la voz de la tierra y la visión global para futuro. Unimos a gobiernos, científicos, responsables políticos,sector privado y comunidades en torno a una visión compartida y una acción global para restaurar y gestionar la tierra del mundo con vistas a la sostenibilidad de la humanidad y del planeta. Mucho más que un tratado internacional firmado por 197 partes, la CNULD es un compromiso multilateral para mitigar los impactos actuales de la degradación de la tierra y avanzar en la gestión de la tierra del mañana con el fin de proporcionar alimentos, agua, vivienda y oportunidades económicas a todas las personas de una manera equitativa e inclusiva. Acerca de IDRA La Alianza Internacional para la Resiliencia a la Sequía (IDRA) es la primera coalición mundial que moviliza capital político, financiero y técnico para un futuro resiliente a la sequía. Como plataforma de más de 30 países y 20 instituciones, IDRA se apoya en las fortalezas colectivas de sus miembros para promover políticas, acciones y capacidades que aumenten la preparación ante la sequía. Los miembros de la coalición, que sigue expandiéndose, reconocen nuestra resiliencia a la sequía y al cambio climático depende de la salud de nuestras tierras. La labor de la IDRA está en consonancia con el mandato de la Convención de las Naciones Unidas de Lucha contra la Desertificación (CNULD), que alberga la Secretaría de la IDRA y apoya su cometido.  

La Alianza Global para la Resiliencia a la Sequía cobra impulso con nuevos miembros
UNCCD and partners to host first-ever Land and Drought Pavilion at COP28

Land & Drought Pavilion to be set in the Blue Zone / Opportunities Petal from 1-10 December Bonn (Germany), 23/11/2023 – To mark their presence at the UN Climate Conference (COP28), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) will be co-hosting the first-ever Land & Drought Pavilion together with its two flagship initiatives: the G20 Global Land Initiative and the International Drought Resilience Alliance (IDRA), as well as partners, the Arab Gulf Programme for Development (AGFUND) and the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA). From 1st to 10th December, the Pavilion will curate a broad range of high-level dialogues, innovation showcase sessions, and interactive discussions highlighting the importance of healthy land as a climate solution and the urgent need to build drought resilience. UNCCD will also be launching its Drought in Numbers 2023 report and announcing next year’s Desertification and Drought Day– which will mark the 30th anniversary of the Convention. All sessions will be open to accredited COP28 delegates and held in the Blue Zone / Opportunities Petal, Thematic Arena 4, 1st floor, stand 205 and livestreamed on UNCCD’s YouTube and Facebook channels. Among the highlights of the programme: The Opening Dialogue, Raising Land & Drought on the Climate Agenda on 1 December will convene partners and experts to discuss expected outcomes from land and drought conversations at COP28. The high-level event of the International Drought Resilience Alliance co-chaired by Spain and Senegal leaders on 1 December will see the launch of Drought in Numbers 2023 report. IDRA will also welcome new member countries and update on progress achieved thus far. A high-level event “Rio Conventions on the Road to 2024” will bring together the leadership of the three Rio Conventions: CBD, UNFCCC and UNCCD. A high-level dialogue on women’s land rights will be hosted on 4th December, which will also coincide with Gender Equality Day at COP28. On 6th December, several start-ups will gather in the Pavilion to showcase their land restoration innovations, in a hackathon format. A high-level session will take place on 9th December, where the Convention will announce the host country of the next Desertification and Drought Day, 17 June 2024. Remarks from high-level representatives from the host country and city are expected. Youth-led dialogues, including panels on empowering female ecopreneurship and a Youth4Land Intergenerational Dialogue. A ‘Dry delights reception’ will be hosted on the last day of the Pavilion (10th December). Experts will showcase drought-resilient foods, namely water lentils, explaining the production process, walking attendees through its nutritional benefits, and providing an opportunity to taste. Notes to Editors The detailed programme and timings can be found here: https://unccd.int/cop28pavilion Daily highlights from the sessions will be available on UNCCD’s website. Visual assets are available here: https://trello.com/b/6EexwgYj/unccd-cop28-dubai-2023 For additional information on UNCCD’s presence at COP28 and other media-related enquiries, please contact press@unccd.int and/or unccd@portland-communications.com About UNCCD The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is the global vision and voice for land. We unite governments, scientists, policymakers, private sector and communities around a shared vision and global action to restore and manage the world’s land for the sustainability of humanity and the planet. Much more than an international treaty signed by 197 Parties, UNCCD is a multilateral commitment to mitigating today’s impacts of land degradation and advancing tomorrow’s land stewardship in order to provide food, water, shelter and economic opportunity to all people in an equitable and inclusive manner.

UNCCD and partners to host first-ever Land and Drought Pavilion at COP28
CRIC21 opening remarks by UNCCD Executive Secretary Ibrahim Thiaw

Prime Minister Abdulla Nigmatovich Aripov, Your Excellency Mr. Aziz Abdukhakimov, Minister of Ecology, Environmental Protection and Climate Change, Madame Biljana Kilibarda, Chair of the Committee of the Review of Implementation of the Convention (CRIC) Honorable Delegates, Representatives of International Organizations Representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations, Observers,   Ladies and Gentlemen, What a pleasure to be back in beautiful Samarkand. I would like to thank the Government and the people of Uzbekistan for their hospitality and the legendary generosity. It is not by chance that Samarkand -- one of the oldest inhabited cities in Central Asia -- is inscribed in the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage list. Samarkand is distinguished for being the ‘Crossroads of cultures’. As there is no culture without nature, this city will also be, for the better part of the next ten days, one of the centers of the world. A center where the 197 Parties to the UN Convention dealing with Land and Drought are gathered to measure the pulse of the planet. Time to assess how much of our land we have degraded, how much of our economy we have destroyed, knowingly or unknowingly; willingly or unwillingly. Time to appreciate how sustainable -- or rather unsustainable -- our lifestyle is.   Time to check how much of our children’s reserves and shares we are eating. How much of our grandchildren’s future we are jeopardizing, by over-harvesting and over-exploiting our natural capital. More often than not, we do this for greed. Not for absolute need. Being in Samarkand, we are reminded that civilizations before us left us with the food, the fiber, the water on which we all so much depend on! But being in Uzbekistan is also a reminder of how much we have destroyed nature, in the name of progress. In the name of development and in the quest of prosperity. We have inflicted the ugliest scars on the face of the Earth. One such environmental disaster is found here, in the Aral Sea. This once so large a freshwater body that we misnamed as sea, is now partially filled with sand dunes. A tragedy that unfolded in just one generation. I am very much looking forward to visiting the Aral area to also witness the Herculean tasks undertaken to mitigate the environmental risks associated with the diversion and over-harvesting of the water. Samarkand will go down in the annals of the Convention as the place where a crucial meeting was organized and served as a steppingstone between COP15 in Abidjan and COP16 in Riyadh. As we navigate through the five ambitious days ahead, your deliberations in Samarkand will be foundational for the success of the upcoming COP in Riyadh in December next year. From the agenda of CRIC 21, allow me to single out two items: the new dashboard on land degradation, thanks to your reports and data collected from 126 countries. For the first time in the history of the Convention, we have trends on both land loss and land remediation, as reported by our Parties. While this work is still to be perfected, the early indications give us chilling numbers: at least 100 million ha of land are degraded every year. We call upon all Parties to the Convention to contribute to the next report as this database can potentially serve as a world reference on land loss and land restoration. Additionally, we will hear from two intergovernmental working groups, namely the Group on the Mid-term review and the team working on Drought. Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, As you know, issues of land degradation and drought resilience have gained an unprecedented momentum over the last few years. While much remains to be done, your work has never been as noticed as today. Not only in the media, but also in boardrooms and in the corridors of power. This is an indication of the growing global commitment and attention to the scourge of desertification, drought and land degradation. The world is coming to realize that these phenomena affect us all, rich and poor, though the poorest bear the brunt. But this increased awareness is coupled with a significant increase of workload from your Secretariat. Our personnel feel the need of doing more, and they are doing much more. But with much less. Over the last ten years, our budget has stagnated in euro numbers. In reality, by value terms, the budget has been drastically reduced considering the important rise in the cost of living. An analysis and a budget proposal will be made to the next COP. Finally, allow me to say how proud I am to have such a talented staff from the Secretariat and the Global Mechanism. Please join me in expressing my gratitude to all for their hard work. Ladies and gentlemen, We could not have a better host for this CRIC session. We could not be in better conditions to deliver a successful session. Your deliberations and guidance, in this magnificent hall, will -- by and large -- be the foundation upon which millions of people from around the world will have access to healthy land and live on a healthy planet. Your deliberations will shape the future of the unborn. What direction do you want to point them in? The direction of a healthy environment, as we have inherited from our ancestors; or the direction of a miserable life that, unless we change gears, we are likely to live to our offspring. The future is now. It is literally in our hands. Thank you.  

CRIC21 opening remarks by UNCCD Executive Secretary Ibrahim Thiaw
Message to UNCCD CRIC21 from UN Secretary-General António Guterres

Samarkand, Uzbekistan, 13 November, 2023 Leaders have made a promise to the world: to combat the terrible trend of transforming healthy land into desert; to revitalize areas humanity has pushed into degradation and decay; and to create a world that is land degradation neutral. Keeping these promises is vital for nature, and for communities. But we are moving in the wrong direction. Between 2015 and 2019, 100 million hectares were degraded every single year, adding up to an area twice the size of Greenland. If current trends continue, we will need to restore the health of a staggering 1.5 billion hectares of degraded land by 2030. We can and must turn this around. Around the world we see examples of land being given a new lease of life, including in Uzbekistan. And the world could surpass its neutrality target if it works together to halt new land degradation and accelerate restoration. To achieve this, we need governments, businesses and communities to work together to conserve natural areas, scale up sustainable food production, and develop green urban areas and supply chains. I urge all of you to use this intersessional meeting to step up ambition and action to help make that a reality. Together, let’s see degraded lands thrive once more.

Message to UNCCD CRIC21 from UN Secretary-General António Guterres
Presidents of three COPs call for a united approach to climate change, desertification and biodiversity loss

Abidjan, Beijing, Cairo, November 3, 2023  – For the first time ever, the Presidents of the last Conference of Parties (COP) of each of the three Rio Conventions have decided to join forces. With three weeks to go before the opening of COP28 in Dubai, the Presidents: Underlined the urgency of the situation and the inextricable links between climate change, desertification and loss of biodiversity; Called for a coordinated approach both at international and national levels to tackle these issues in a holistic way; Pleaded for more cooperation between the three COPs and their secretariats; And asked for urgent, concrete, measures to protect the world population, environment, lands and biodiversity to ensure a sustainable future for new generations. They did so in a historic joint declaration released today, signed by: Alain-Richard Donwahi, former Minister of Water and Forestry of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire and President of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification’s COP15 (UNCCD) Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt and President of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s COP27 (UNFCCC) Huang Runqiu, Minister of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China and President of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s COP15 (CBD) At the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio in 1992, the international community decided to create three different conventions to fight climate change, halt desertification and prevent loss of biodiversity. However, as these three phenomena accelerate, the interconnections between them amplify, creating a vicious circle. Breaking this vicious circle requires a holistic vision and a coordinated approach. With this common declaration, the three Presidents hope to open a new chapter in the fight against climate change, desertification and biodiversity loss, one of coordinated efforts to face the urgency. About UNCCD’s COP15 The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) brings together leaders from the Convention's signatory countries, the private sector, NGOs and civil society. It aims to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought, promote sustainable land management, rehabilitate and restore degraded lands and ecosystems, mobilize financial resources, develop technologies to support affected countries, and strengthen international cooperation and partnerships to address these phenomena. Like the COP on biodiversity, the COP on desertification meets every two years. Its last major meeting was held in May 2022 in Abidjan. From the previous summit until the next held in Riyadh for December 2024, the COP on Desertification has been chaired by the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, represented by Alain-Richard Donwahi. Media contacts: Emilie Villemin +33 6 81 11 68 06  COP15Desertification(at)apcoworldwide.com

Presidents of three COPs call for a united approach to climate change, desertification and biodiversity loss