UNDP Support to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification


The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has been signed and ratified by most developed and developing countries. The Convention draws global attention to the world-wide seriousness of desertification, land degradation and drought and the development needs of countries with extensive drylands.

UNDP participated in a supporting role in the negotiation of the Convention. With the coming into force of the Convention in 1996, UNDP assisted over 70 countries to prepare and implement their National Action Programmes to combat desertification (NAPs). The UNDP's Integrated Drylands Development Programme also facilitated the translation of priorities identified in the NAPs and other national planning/development frameworks into concrete programmes on the ground. More >


UNDP-UNCCD Programme of Cooperation

 UNDP-UNCCD Programme of CooperationCredit: UNCCD Secretariat

In 2009, UNDP and the UNCCD Secretariat established a strategic partnership building on their complementarities and respective comparative advantages. This partnership is motivated by the urgent need to draw attention to and catalyse international cooperation to address the needs of the over two billion of the world's poorest people living in the drylands, in particular under the current scenarios of climate change. It is based on the mandate of the UNCCD to forge a global partnership to reverse trends of desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) in the context of the Ten-Year Strategy of the UNCCD.

Following a comprehensive consultative process, UNCCD and UNDP jointly identified priority areas for their cooperation at the tenth UNCCD Conference of the Parties (COP) held in October 2011 in Changwon, South Korea. On 28 March 2012, the UNCCD-UNDP Programme of Cooperation was signed in New York focusing on:

  • Supporting countries affected by desertification and drought in aligning their NAPs with the UNCCD ten-year Strategy and mainstreaming them into national development frameworks;
  • Undertaking joint efforts in knowledge sharing, learning and actions for improving the profile of drylands development issues;
  • Carrying out joint policy analysis and advocacy with particular attention to the linkage between sustainable land management, climate change and biodiversity conservation.

The Programme of Cooperation has since been reviewed and updated regularly to help keep mobilizing the attention and action needed from the international community to face the serious threats of DLDD and achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life on LandMore>

UNDP also implements various initiatives in support of the implementation of the UNCCD at country level - click here for the latest information.


United Nations Decade for Deserts and the Fight Against Desertification (2010-2020)

United Nations Decade for Deserts and the Fight Against Desertification (2010-2020)

GC-RED represents UNDP in the Inter Agency Task Force of the UN Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification, 2010 - 2020, or UNDDD. UNDDD was declared by the UN General Assembly in support of necessary action to secure the long-term ability of drylands to provide value to humanity’s well- being.  More >


World Day to Combat Desertification

World Day to Combat Desertification

The World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) is observed every year on 17 June to remind the global community that desertification can be effectively tackled, that solutions are possible, and that key tools to this aim lay in strengthened community participation and cooperation at all levels. Since 1995, Parties to the Convention, the United Nations organizations, international and non-governmental organizations have celebrated 17 June with a series of outreach activities worldwide.

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Convention and WDCD in 2019, 2019WDCD will look back and celebrate the 25 years of progress made by countries on sustainable land management. At the same time,  2019WDCD will look at the broad picture of the next 25 years where we will achieve land degradation neutrality, including how we envision the world in which land degradation neutrality provides a solid basis for poverty reduction, food and water security and climate change mitigation and adaptation?

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