UNCCD (United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification )

UNCCD profile

  • Overview

    Our mission is to provide a global framework to support the development and implementation of national and regional policies, programmes and measures to prevent, control and reverse desertification / land degradation and mitigate the effects of drought through scientific and technological excellence, raising public awareness, standard setting, advocacy and resource mobilization, thereby contributing to poverty reduction.

    Emerging from the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, the UNCCD now has 194 Member Parties globally and is the only Multilateral Environmental Agreement that focuses on land related issues. The Convention is a universal international agreement aimed at promoting a comprehensive global response to desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD). To make sure the Convention delivers concrete action, each Party agrees to and delivers against national commitments.

    Drylands cover 41% of the world’s surface and are inhabited by over 2 billion people. The health and productivity of the land worldwide is declining at an accelerating rate. An estimated 24 billion tons of fertile soil are lost every year. Arable land loss is estimated at 30 to 35 times the historical rate. While dryland areas are most vulnerable to desertification, land degradation is now a global phenomenon with 78% of the degrading land taking place outside traditional dryland areas.

    Sustainable Land Management (SLM) techniques can produce potential economic growth for local populations, businesses and, through subsequent inter-linkages, the global economy if adopted soon. In dryland areas, these techniques will increase resilience, diversify production and control erosion. With a combined effort, we can extend the reach of SLM techniques even further, making them the cornerstone of a global green economy that supports green growth.

    Preferences in private sector partnership

    The UNCCD wants to hear business sector views, experience and expertise on land related issues and to catalyse long term business engagement in a land stewardship agenda. The UNCCD Secretariat aims to explore business opportunities and encourage practices in dryland markets that support the protection of the environment, improve the conditions of affected ecosystems, the living conditions of their populations and drive economic growth.

    The aim of partnership is to manage the environmental impact of business on land and of DLDD on business, to explore practical options to exercise corporate social responsibility and to promote opportunities in the drylands that bring mutual benefit to the community and business sector alike.

    The main assets of the convention are its members and experts organized at international, regional and national levels. The UNCCD convenes and builds partnerships for action, has global-to-national and national-to-global reach and influences land related policy making. At the latest UNCCD Conference of Parties meeting a Sustainable Land Management Business Forum was launched.

    Areas for Partnership:

    • Science and Research
    • Developing dryland markets and products
    • Standard setting, Codes of Conduct
    • Mainstreaming SLM techniques into business practice
    • Funding for pilot projects; innovation; and capacity building training

    Preferred partnership types

    Advocacy of global issues; Project funding; Provision of services / personnel; Standards and guidelines development

    Sustainable Development Goals

    2. Zero hunger; 6. Clean water and sanitation; 7. Affordable and clean energy; 10. Reduced inequalities; 11. Sustainable cities and communities; 12. Responsible consumption and production; 13. Climate action; 14. Life below water; 15. Life on land; 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

    Issue areas

    Biodiversity; Climate Change; Energy; Food and Agriculture; Human Rights; Peace; Principle 7; Principle 8; Principle 9; Water and Sanitation

    Regions / countries / territories

    Africa: 54 countries (click to show)
    Angola; Benin; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cameroon; Canary Islands; Cape Verde; Central African Republic; Chad; Comoros; Congo; Congo (Democratic Republic of the); Cote d'Ivoire; Djibouti; Equatorial Guinea; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Mauritania; Mauritius; Mayotte (France); Mozambique; Namibia; Niger; Nigeria; Reunion (France); Rwanda; Saint Helena; Sao Tome and Principe; Senegal; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; Somalia; South Africa; South Sudan (Republic of); Sudan; Swaziland; Togo; Uganda; United Republic of Tanzania; Western Sahara; Zambia; Zimbabwe
    Americas: 14 countries (click to show)
    Argentina; Bolivia; Brazil; Chile; Colombia; Ecuador; French Guiana; Guyana; Mexico; Paraguay; Peru; Suriname; Uruguay; Venezuela
    Asia: 40 countries (click to show)
    Afghanistan; Armenia; Azerbaijan; Bangladesh; Bhutan; Brunei Darussalam; Cambodia; China; China - Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region); China - Macau (Special Administrative Region); China - Taiwan Province; Christmas Island; Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Cyprus; Democratic People's Republic of Korea; French Southern and Antarctic Lands; Georgia; India; Indonesia; Japan; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Malaysia; Maldives; Mongolia; Myanmar; Nepal; Pakistan; Philippines; Republic of Korea; Singapore; Sri Lanka; Tajikistan; Thailand; Timor Leste; Turkey; Turkmenistan; Uzbekistan; Vietnam
    Middle East: 19 countries (click to show)
    Algeria; Bahrain; Egypt; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Jordan; Kuwait; Lebanon; Libyan Arab Jamahiriya; Morocco; Oman; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; State of Palestine; Syrian Arab Republic; Tunisia; United Arab Emirates; Yemen

    Type(s) of services / business sectors

    Food & Beverage; Industrial Goods & Services - Support Services; Other; Utilities

    Goods categories

    Environmental