The fifteenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 15) will focus on the theme, ‘Land. Life. Legacy: From scarcity to prosperity.'
Programme highlights will include a high-level segment on 9-10 May with the participation of Heads of State, environment ministers, private sector and civil society representatives who will discuss how to accelerate the global land restoration agenda, future-proof land use and tackle the growing impacts of drought. The Abidjan Legacy Programme will also be announced by Côte d’Ivoire as COP host.
COP 15 was originally expected to take place in the final quarter of 2021. Due to the global pandemic, the Bureau decided to reschedule it to take place between May and October 2022. By letter dated 14 June 2021, the Government of Côte d'Ivoire confirmed its willingness to host COP 15 during the second and third weeks of May 2022.
The UNCCD is one of the three Rio Conventions—along with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The negotiation of the UNCCD was called for in Agenda 21, the programme of action adopted at the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED, or Earth Summit). The UNCCD was adopted on 17 June 1994, entered into force on 26 December 1996.
The ENB summary of UNCCD COP 14 is here.
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dates: 9-21 May 2022
location: Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire