UN-OHRLLS and UNCCD Side Event at UNCCD, COP12
Achieving Land Degradation Neutrality in Landlocked Developing Countries: Challenges and Opportunities
Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) face special challenges that are linked to their geography, including remoteness from major international markets, inadequate transport infrastructure and high transport and transaction costs. The Vienna Programme of Action for Landlocked Developing Countries, adopted in Vienna, Austria, in November 2014, for the decade 2014-2024, set an overarching goal of addressing development needs and challenges of those countries in a more coherent manner and thus contributing to an enhanced rate of sustainable and inclusive economic growth which can help eradicate poverty. The Vienna Programme of Action takes note that landlocked developing countries are vulnerable to climate change, which is exacerbating desertification and land degradation.
This event, jointly organized by UN-OHRLLS and UNCCD, aims to provide an opportunity for different stakeholders, the UN system, LLDC Member States, Civil Society, and Donor community to share information on the impact of climate change, land degradation, desertification and drought on LLDCs. The Meeting is expected to come up with concrete ideas and recommendations on how to achieve land degradation neutrality in the decade to come.
Participants invited to attend the event will include High-level officials from LLDCs and other Member States, high-level officials of the United Nations, UN agencies, development partners, including Friends of LLDCs, multi-lateral institutions, civil society, private sector, academia, and NGOs.
List of Statements and Presentations:
- Opening Remarks and Overview by H.E Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya, UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative, UN-OHRLLS
- H.E Ambassador Mirriam Mulenga, Zambian Embassy in Turkey, Chair of the Group of Landlocked Developing Countries
- Mr. Melchiade Bukuru, Chief, UNCCD Liaison Office, UN Headquarters, New York
- Mr. Ulrich Apel, Land Degradation Coordinator, Global Environmental Facility
- Dr. Magda Lovei, Practice Manager, Africa, Environment and Natural Resources, World Bank
- Mr. Ludo Rochete, First Secretary, Foreign Affairs, Belgium
- Mrs. Mutsa Chasi, Director General, Environmental Management Agency, Zimbabwe
- Dr. Mmasera Manthe-Tsuaneng, Director, Department of Forestry and Range Resources, Botswana