The 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and Drought (UNCLC) opened Monday in Abidjan.
“Lands. Life. Heritage: From a precarious world to a prosperous future”, it is on this theme that the 5,000 delegates and 1,000 experts present at COP 15 will be discussing over the next two weeks.
Land restoration and post-pandemic economic recovery; resilience to droughts; the role of youth in land management; the impact of production and consumption patterns on land management; and gender and food security are themes that will be addressed during the work.
At the opening of the summit of Heads of State, the Ivorian President, Alassane Ouattara, called for an acceleration of the major decisions of the Paris Agreement on the climate, taken during COP21, in order to fight effectively against the encroachment of the desert and reduce the effects of climate change.
“Let’s act fast, let’s act together to bring our lands to life,” he said.
To developed countries, President Ouattara reiterated his call to further reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and to keep the commitment to mobilize the 100 billion dollars per year, in order to help developing countries to lead their adaptation climate change and their energy transition.
Alassane Ouattara commended the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for establishing the Sustainability Trust Fund to help vulnerable countries address structural challenges that pose macroeconomic risks such as climate change and pandemics.
On this basis, the Ivorian President invited donor countries, in a spirit of international solidarity, to contribute financially to this IMF trust fund, as well as to the United Nations Green Climate Fund and the Environment Fund. global.
In response to the challenges of drought and land restoration, Ouattara announced that Côte d’Ivoire has developed an important program, called “L’Initiative d’Abidjan” or “Abidjan Legacy Program”, whose vocation is to Integrate sustainable soil management approaches and restoration of our heavily degraded forest ecosystems into its development strategies.
The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, underlined, for his part, that the AU has taken initiatives such as the establishment of the project “the great green wall of the Sahel and Sahara”, in order to restore land, create wealth and strengthen peaceful coexistence between pastoralists and farmers.
He recommends going to the reconquest of “our space by initiatives”, in order to give new life to the immense degraded spaces in the continent.
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