Seoul, Republic of Korea – The UNCCD Executive Secretary Mr. Ibrahim Thiaw visited the Republic of Korea on 23 July to discuss the future Peace Forest Initiative with the Minister of the Korea Forest Service (KFS) Mr. Kim Jae-Hyun as well as representatives of international organizations and diplomatic missions in Seoul.
The initiative, scheduled for launch at the upcoming UNCCD COP14 in New Delhi, India is designed to provide a practical platform that will foster international collaboration by demonstrating the value of achieving land degradation neutrality (LDN, SGD target 15.3) in cross-border post-conflict situations. Cooperative efforts on actions such as sustainable land management, forestry and land rehabilitation can facilitate economic cooperation, while supporting the achievement of multiple SDG targets. The Peace Forest Initiative could ultimately contribute to the alleviation of political tension, reconciliation and can become a part of permanent peace building processes. COP14 will provide an opportunity for relevant and like-minded stakeholders to discuss the future initiative as a way to deliver common sustainable development goals (SDGs).