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Nations discuss desertification as a punctual threat to Ecosystems - UNCCD COP13

The required governmental commitments to fight against desertification will be addressed during the UNCCD COP13 in Mongolia, Republic of China.

The 13th edition of the Conference of the parts of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, better known as UNCCD COP13 will be held from September 6th  to 16th. Likewise, the 16th session of the Committee to Review and Implement the Convention (CRIC16) and the 13th session of the Science and Technology Committee will be also jointly held in the International Convention and Exhibition Center at Ordos, Inner Mongolia, Republic of China.

The Convention (UNCCD) in a legally binding international agreement that relates the environment with the development towards the sustainable management of the land, mainly focusing in the arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas. On the other hand, the UNCCD COP is the decision-making supreme authority within the Convention which gathers biannually since 2001. Its main function is to review the reports submitted by the parts, detailing how they are fulfilling their commitments.

In the UNCCD COP13, the engaged parties will decide about the Strategic Frame that will guide the Convention from 2018 to 2030.

This meeting is particularly important to the ecological and ecosystem events as it will address the mitigation and combat of desertification as a punctual threat to ecosystems.

Given the close link among the dynamics of the land, climate, and biodiversity, the UNCCD works closely with the Convention on Biological Diversity and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is one of the institutional observers of the Science-Policy Interface of the UNCCD and it also acts as member of the Inter-agency Tasks Team of the United Nations Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification (UNDDD).

The IUCN will participate in the UNCCD COP13 with a delegation of 8 experts, led by Cyriaque Sendashonga, Global Director of the IUCN Policy and Programme Group.

The following events are co-organized by or count with the participation of the IUCN:


In the context of this important meeting, expert Jon Davies will present a conference about the Red List of Ecosistems as tool to enhance goal assignment to the “Land Degradation Neutrality”.


To obtain more information about the complete program of the UNCCD COP13 visit:

Draft agenda


Written by: Marianna Collet & Ariany García-Rawlins

Translator: Carmen Quintero


Provita Sep 07, 2017


IUCN Red List of Ecosystems


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