Secretary-General appoints Mr. Ibrahim Thiaw of Mauritania as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, following consultation with the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) today announced the appointment of Ibrahim Thiaw of Mauritania as the next Executive Secretary of the UNCCD.   

He will succeed Monique Barbut of France to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her outstanding commitment and dedicated service to the Organization. 

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New GEO Land Degradation Neutrality Initiative – Germany pledges an initial €100,000

Today, the Group on Earth Observations Week 2018 (GEO 2018) will conclude in Kyoto, Japan.

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UNCCD and International Solar Alliance will work together to promote solar energy for sustainable land management

New York, United States – During the High Level Political Forum on sustainable development, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the International Solar Alliance (ISA) to highlight the crucial role of affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for sound land management and inclusive economic growth.

The signatories declared their intention to undertake the following initiatives:

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UNU-Institute for Environment and Human Security: Understanding drought risk in South Africa

Drought has wide-ranging impacts on health, water supply, and economic sectors, especially agriculture. Hence, understanding and reducing the risk and adverse effects of drought such as yield losses is crucial.

Since 2015, South Africa is facing an exceptional water crisis, leading not only to drastic water restrictions, such as in Cape Town, but to high unemployment rates and economic losses in the agricultural sector.

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UNCCD: Message from the Executive Secretary, Ms. Monique Barbut on World Day to Combat Desertification 2017

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UNCCD: Land for Life Award 2017 winners announced

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UNCCD: Burkina Faso to host high-level meeting on green jobs for youth

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UNCCD: Connecting the dots between climate and land

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UNCCD: Connecting the dots between climate and land

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Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the US decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the US decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

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