UNCCD COP15 through the lens of drought: highlights, outcomes and the way forward
The fifteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) took place from 9 to 20 May 2022 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The theme of COP15 was Land. Life. Legacy: From scarcity to prosperity. COP15 discussed sustainable solutions for land restoration and drought resilience, with a strong focus on future-proofing land use. COP15 explored links between land and other key sustainability issues, such as climate, biodiversity, green jobs and ender equality. These issues were discussed at a Heads of States Summit, roundtables and interactive dialogue sessions among ministers and other high-ranking officials. Following two weeks of high-level discussions and negotiations, COP 15 adopted 37 decisions and one resolution to enhance drought resilience, reduce land degradation and invest in land estoration efforts. These brochure outlines new commitments to accelerate actions on drought preparedness adopted at UNCCD COP15.