India is participating in the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP15) from 9 to 20 May 2022. The Indian delegation led by the Minister of Environment , Forests and Climate Change Union, Bhupender Yadav represents India in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
India hosted the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification from 2 to 13 September 2019 in New Delhi. At COP 14, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that “India would raise its ambition of the total area that would be restored from its state of land degradation, from twenty-one million hectares to twenty-six million hectares by 2030”.
In another significant development during India’s presidency, G-20 leaders, recognizing the importance of tackling land degradation and creating new carbon sinks, set the ambitious target of collectively planting 1,000 billion trees, urging other countries to join forces with the G20 to achieve this global goal. by 2030.
The theme of COP15 is “Land. Life. Legacy: From Scarcity to Prosperity,” which calls for action to ensure that the earth, the lifeline of this planet, continues to benefit present and future generations. COP15 will bring together leaders from governments, the private sector, civil society and other key stakeholders from around the world. COP15 aims to advance the future sustainable management of one of our most precious assets: land.
COP15 will also explore the links between land and other key sustainability issues and host interactive dialogues on important issues. Drought, land restoration and related enablers such as land rights, gender equality and youth empowerment are high on the agenda of the Conference. In addition, a draft report dealing with drought has been prepared and will be discussed at the current session of COP15.