The Global Land Outlook (GLO)

The Global Land Outlook (GLO) is a strategic communications platform and associated publications of the UNCCD secretariat that demonstrates the central importance of land quality to human well-being. The GLO and its derivative products, such as regional reports and working papers, focus on current trends in land degradation and land use change, the driving factors and human impacts, and scenarios for future challenges and opportunities. The GLO aims to communicate a new and transformative vision for land management policy, planning and practice at global and national scales.

An integral part of the GLO’s digital platform is the direct linkage with, and support from, the UNCCD Knowledge Hub which allows users to perform advanced searches within the relevant knowledge bases of our partners.

The first edition of the Global Land Outlook was launched in September 2017 at the thirteenth Conference of the Parties to the UNCCD (COP13) in Ordos, China. Speaking at the launch, then-UNCCD Executive Secretary Monique Barbut stressed how land degradation and drought are global challenges that are “intimately linked” to food security, migration and employment, among other factors. “As the ready supply of healthy and productive land dries up and the population grows, competition is intensifying for land within countries and globally.”