Lessons from the theatre: should this be the final curtain call for the convention to combat desertification

United Nations Environment Programme (2001)

The Convention to Combat Desertification (CCD) was agreed in 1994. It was intended to focus global attention on problems of drought, poverty and food insecurity, in Africa in particular. However, the CCD has failed to galvanise effective action to tackle the issues it addresses. Can the Convention process be revised to be more effective, or are its flaws inherent? The Global Environment Facility (GEF) General Assembly will come under heavy pressure to establish a fund for desertification projects, but the Johannesburg Summit may be able to initiate more substantial reform which could make a difference in tackling the underlying causes.