UN official urges renewed action on desertification
A UN official on Tuesday called for national governments, multilateral agencies and industries to revitalize actions against desertification.
Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), said rapid spread of deserts linked to climate change and human actions could derail war on poverty, hunger and disease.
“New strategies are required to help countries halt land degradation that has direct link to droughts, conflicts and forced migration,” Barbut said.
She made the comments in Nairobi during a high-level summit to discuss a 12-year UN strategy that seeks to revitalize global action on desertification.
According to the UNCCD, 12 million hectares of land are lost to desertification every year across the globe and the figure could rise due to population growth, climatic pressures and unsustainable farming practices.
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