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Statement on Pyeongyang Joint Declaration of September 2018

The UNCCD Secretariat welcomes the Pyongyang Joint Declaration of September 2018.  We welcome the Summit’s pledge to actively promote environmental cooperation, in particular, through forestry. The UNCCD secretariat is ready to support common efforts that, in the spirit of the Sustainable Development Goals, help achieve Land Degradation Neutrality.  Such cooperation could deliver peace, prosperity and a more sustainable future for all the people on the Korean Peninsula.    Read the Declaration (Rep. of Korea government's homepage)   (Photo Korea Forest Service)

Statement on Pyeongyang Joint Declaration of September 2018
Opinion: Is the Future Worth Investing in?

The Earth is fragile and changing, and no single government has sufficient resources to help communities fully adapt to the changes and then recover after an environmental disaster. It is a growing but ominous reality. The cost and number of climate related disasters is rising. The total cost of the damage from environmental disasters between 2005 and 2014 was more than $1.4 trillion. Read more This opinion co-authored by Ms. Monique Barbut, UNCCD Executive Secretary, Mr. Rémy Rioux, Chief Executive Officer at the Agence de développement Française, Mr. Ambroise Fayolle, Vice President at European Investment Bank and Mr. Philippe Zaouati, Chief Executive Officer of Mirova.

Opinion: Is the Future Worth Investing in?
Mainstreaming gender in LDN transformative project

A technical workshop on the Caribbean sub-regional LDN transformative project "Implementing Gender-Responsive and Climate Smart Land Management in the Caribbean" is being held in St. Lucia, West Indies, from 26 to 28 September. The workshop is co-organized by the UNCCD/GM, UN-Women, IUCN, and FAO.  The workshop aims to build and strengthen capacity on gender mainstreaming. It also addresses how to refine and finalize the project concept note with the involvement of all key stakeholders prior to seeking financial support from the Green Climate Fund. A key focus of the project is to build synergies between the on-going activities relevant to the Land Degradation Neutrality initiative. The workshop is designed to embed gender perspectives in the synergistic implementation of these activities in the Caribbean sub-region. The workshop is attended by government representatives from 10 Caribbean countries and other stakeholders including women farmer groups in the region. The Partnership Initiative on Sustainable Land Management (PISLM), which spearheads the concept note development in collaboration with UNCCD, UN-Women and IUCN, also contributed to the workshop.    Read more:UNCCD Gender Action PlanPublication: Land Degradation Neutrality: Transformative Action, tapping opportunities

Mainstreaming gender in LDN transformative project
UNGA73: Morocco calls for support to the 3S Initiative

(la version en français suit / French text follows) At the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) general debate, H.E. Mr. Saad-Eddine El Othmani, Prime Minister of Morocco, spoke about the Sustainability, Security and Stability Initiative (the 3S Initiative) as one of the African-led initiatives which aim to achieve prosperity and stability on the African continent [watch video]. Morocco co-chairs the 3S Initiative with Senegal. In his statement, Prime Minister El Othmani explained the 3S as an initiative which “aims to combat desertification in Africa so as to re-habilitate and reclaim our lands and to allow for the reintegration of our inhabitants and our citizens in these regions.” He invited everyone at the Assembly “to participate in the various areas of work that pertain to this very important issue for Africa and its development.” About the 3S Initiative About UNGA73 UNGA73: Le Maroc appelle à soutenir l'initiative 3S Lors du grande dé boit de la 73ème session de l'Assemblée générale des Nations Unies (UNGA 73), S.E. M. Saad-Eddine El Othmani, Premier ministre du Maroc, a parlé de l’Initiative pour la Souténabilité, la Sécurité et la Stabilité (Initiative 3S) comme l’une des initiatives Africaines visant à assurer la prospérité et la stabilité sur le continent Africain [regarder la vidéo]. Le Maroc copréside l'Initiative 3S avec le Sénégal. Dans son discours, le Premier ministre El Othmani a expliqué que les 3S étaient une initiative «visant à lutter contre la désertification en Afrique afin de réhabiliter et de récupérer nos terres et de permettre la réintégration de nos habitants et de nos citoyens dans ces régions». L’invita tous les membres de l’Assemblée «à participer aux différents domaines d’intervention relatifs à cette importante question pour l’Afrique et son développement». À propos de l'initiative 3S À propos de UNGA73 (UN Photo/Cia Pak) 

UNGA73: Morocco calls for support to the 3S Initiative
LDN Fund momentum presented at One Planet Summit

Picture above: co-partners, EIB, AFD, UNCCD and Mirova at the first closing of the LDN Fund investment. New York - Yesterday, partners of the LDN Fund met in New York to provide an update on the progress of the Land Degradation Neutrality Fund. The LDN Fund was showcased last year at the One Planet Summit as a transformative contribution in the global fight against climate change. The objective of setting up an investment vehicle that combines public and private finance to support sustainable land use projects worldwide led to the creation of the Land Degradation Neutrality Fund project. Nine months after the first One Planet Summit, the initiative is ready to be implemented. The Fund is in a position to close and become operational in the coming weeks. This was made possible through an innovative risk mitigation feature that catalyzed private finance. The feature includes US$15 million in first loss funding from the Luxembourg-EIB Climate Finance platform (EUR5 million), Agence Française de Développement (EUR 7 million) and Natixis (EUR1 million). The Total Foundation contributed US$5 million demonstrating the engagement and key role of philanthropic resources in catalyzing more capital in favor of the SDGs. IDB Invest, the private sector arm of the IDB Group, provided a guarantee of US$15 million for LDN Fund investments in land restoration projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. The European Investment Bank and Agence Française de Développement are acting as anchor investors, but other public and private investors have confirmed their investments: Fondaction, BNP Paribas Cardif, Garance, Fondation de France and Natixis. The corresponding commitments amount to up to US$100 million. "About 10 projects - like sustainable forestry production in Africa or restoration of coffee farms in Latin America – will be financed by the LDN Fund in 2019.  These are innovative investments to restore degraded land, and so much more," Monique Barbut said. "They will help fight climate change in the most hands on way imaginable because soil captures carbon. Communities will bounce back better if there are droughts or flashfloods because healthy soils also store more water. These investments will help farmers boost food production. And generate thousands of good jobs and opportunities in rural areas. This is how sustainability, stability and security will be achieved. Where the land flourishes again, so will the people. No-one should be left behind," she added. By helping to tackle land degradation, the LDN Fund will help to fight climate change, increase the resilience of rural communities and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals led by the United Nations. Meanwhile below are the Executive Secretaries of the three sister Rio Conventions on Desertification (Monique Barbut, below center), Climate Change (Patricia Espinosa, below left) and Biological Diversity (Christiana Pasca Parma below right) at the One Planet Summit in New York yesterday. For more information about the LDN Fund, contact: hpark@unccd.int Read more

LDN Fund momentum presented at One Planet Summit
One Planet Summit in New York features LDN Fund

The Land Degradation Neutrality Fund (LDN Fund), a mechanism to mobilize impact investments to restore degraded land, will be featured at the One Planet Summit taking place on Wednesday, 26 September 2018, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, United States. The Summit is taking place in the margins of the UN General Assembly, and is co-hosted by President Emmanuel Macron of France, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim, and UN Special Envoy for Climate, Michael R. Bloomberg. The Land Degradation Neutrality fund is part of the global commitments on protecting land and water resources against climate change, which heads of state made at the first Summit held in Paris, France, in December 2017. More information about the Summit is available here: https://www.oneplanetsummit.fr/en/events-16/one-planet-summit-new-york-4 Watch the trailer about the LDN Fund   Read more about the LDN Fund: https://www.unccd.int/actions/impact-investment-fund-land-degradation-neutrality

One Planet Summit in New York features LDN Fund