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Droughts have decimated communities and livelihoods in Africa for long. This year alone, over 45 million people across Africa, mostly in Eastern and Southern Africa, are food insecure due to prolonged droughts. The Africa Risk Capacity (ARC) and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) announced they will collaborate to support the development of financial tools to help Africa to adapt and become resilient to future drought and other extreme weather events.
At its tenth meeting, the Inter-Agency Expert Group on SDG indicators (IAEG-SDGs) upgraded indicator 15.3.1 (proportion of land that is degraded over total land area) to Tier One status based on the reporting of the UNCCD, the custodian agency for this indicator. This means that the indicator is conceptually clear, has an internationally established methodology and standards are available, and data are regularly produced by countries for at least 50 per cent of countries and of the population in every region where the indicator is relevant. Based on the UNCCD national reports of 2018, the UNCCD secretariat reported regional and globally to the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July 2019. This included data generated by 123 countries and estimates for an additional 42 countries. Read more: The storyline and graphic The metadata document for SDG indicator 15.3.1