25 September 2015: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have come together in celebration of the United Nations General Assembly adoption of the ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ to launch a short video (see below) and infographic brochure (see below) to highlight the importance of SDG target 15.3 on Land Degradation Neutrality.
As a result of the current negative trends in land degradation, our communities and ecosystems are less able to ensure food and water security, generate livable incomes, and cope with the impacts of climate change. Many livelihoods in the developing world are closely linked to the productivity of the land, which in turn defines its capacity for climate mitigation and adaptation.
Welcoming the 2030 Agenda, the UNCCD Executive Secretary, Monique Barbut, said “Literally speaking, the health and productivity of the ground that we stand on will largely determine the future prosperity and security of humankind. In launching this ambitious development agenda, we also recognize the need for immediate climate action which means that sustainable land management and restoration must be front and center on both of these global agendas.”
UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner, emphasized that “An integrated landscape approach, one where we protect, restore and sustainably manage our land resources, will be essential in achieving multiple goals and targets at the required scale. This approach provides a collaborative, effective and efficient means to implement the SDGs so as to reach our shared global vision of prosperity, health, and dignity for all the world’s citizens.”