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UNCCD - United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is the sole legally binding international agreement linking environment and development to sustainable land management.

The Convention addresses specifically the arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas, known as the drylands, where some of the most vulnerable ecosystems and peoples can be found. In the 10-Year Strategy of the UNCCD (2008-2018) that was adopted in 2007, Parties to the Convention further specified their goals: "to forge a global partnership to reverse and prevent desertification/land degradation and to mitigate the effects of drought in affected areas in order to support poverty reduction and environmental sustainability".

UNCCD was adopted in Paris on 17 June 1994 and entered into force on 26 December 1996. Its sister Rio Conventions are the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.

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