Synthesis of Top Level Segment Sessions from COP14 of UNCCD

On the morning of 9th September, sessions began in the Top Level Segment, for deliberations between the Environment Ministers from around the world in New Delhi, Republic of India, within the framework of the fourteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP14), of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and Drought (UNCCD), with the aim of setting objectives and reaching overall agreement. To that end, a declaration: The New Delhi Declaration on Land Degradation Neutrality” is expected.

The opening ceremony was overseen by the Prime Minister of the Republic of India, H. E. Narendra Modi, who pointed out that the environmental problems currently affecting humanity are palpable, recurring, sensitive and catastrophic, and for that reason not much explanation is required in order to understand them. Those who choose to ignore these problems or do not want to understand them do no more than clearly demonstrate that they are working for their own personal interests.

The Prime Minister recognised that in India, 29% of land is degraded; a serious problem that has not diminished in recent years. Its Government is committed to restoring 26 million degraded hectares before 2030, against the 21 million hectares with which India had promised during COP21 against climate change, held in Paris in 2015.

Following these reflections during the opening session, the ministers went to the three round tables which took place simultaneously and covered the topics: earth . climate and renewable energy, rural and urban communities, and the promotion of a global movement for the restoration of ecosystems.

The delegation from the Republic of Equatorial Guinea was part of deliberations on Round table 2. Santiago Francisco Engonga Osono, Vice-Minister for Agriculture, Livestock, Forests and the Environment, presented in the name of the Government of Equatorial Guinea the strategies that could be viable in favour of rural and urban communities, without compromising the functionality of ecosystems.

The Top Level Segment continued its work on 10th September, with work carried out in plenary session based on the following agenda: a focus on territorial planning based on values; healthy land, healthy people; and the promotion of sustainable value chains for commercial activities based on the land.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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