Communiqué - High-Level Luncheon on Land and Climate on the margins of the UNCCD Fourteenth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP14)

United Nations Environment Programme ; United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (2019)

On the road to the Climate Action Summit, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Her Excellency Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, and the Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of India and President of COP14, His Excellency Mr. Prakash Javedkar, hosted a high-level luncheon on land and climate, on the margins of the UNCCD Fourteenth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP14). The event was co-facilitated by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The Participants indicated that time had come to turn the vicious circle between land and climate into a virtuous one by reinforcing the positive elements of the relationship, helping to manage emissions on the one hand and adapting to climate impacts on the other. Participants, therefore, called for more concerted policy action, more investments, and more capacity to scale up land restoration to achieve land degradation neutrality. They expect the Nature-Based Coalition led by New Zealand and China to propose concrete and ambitious actions at the Summit.

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