A message in which the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) congratulates the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction for bringing global attention to the work of local communities addressing disaster risk reduction and especially to reverse desertification and land degradation, and to mitigate the effects of drought. Citing the examples of local communities from Australia, the United States, the south of Europe, Ethiopia, Senegal, Mongolia, Uzbekistan and China, she highlights the Convention’s unique mandate, which places affected populations, particularly women and local communities, at the center of the action program to address desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD).
She advocates for investment in sustainable land management and in the restoration and rehabilitation of desertified, degraded and drought-prone areas in order to eradicate poverty, end deforestation or end world hunger and food insecurity, to tackle climate change or curb the loss of valuable biological diversity altogether, and to provide fresh and sustainable water resources and sanitation. She also calls on honoring the efforts communities are making to pursue sustainable land management and mitigate drought by implementing national action programmes and establishing national drought policies that buttress our collective resilience to disasters.
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