In partnership with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and the Climate Chance association, Mr. Roland Ries, Co-President of UCLG and Mayor of Strasbourg, will host the International Summit of non-state actors on land degradation and climate change in local territories “Désertif’actions”, on 27 and 28 June 2017.
One year after the adoption of the 2030 Development Agenda and the Paris Agreement on Climate, the challenges of food security, forced migrations, international security and stability are being made worse by the intensification of land degradation, climate phenomena and multiple inappropriate practices that increase pressure on land.
The Summit will aim to demonstrate the engagement of non-state actors, including local authorities and civil society, to adapt to climate change and discuss initiatives led at the local level addressing the sustainable management of land and the development of territories, starting with target 15.3 of the 2030 Development Agenda on land degradation neutrality.
This Summit will be a stimulating and unprecedented moment to share experiences; and a collective and concrete act to refuse the fatality of climate."
Roland Ries, Co-President of UCLG and Mayor of Strasbourg
The summit will bring together 300 non-state actors and the outcome of the Summit will be brought to COP13 on Desertification and COP23 on Climate Change. The event will include the presence of the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) - to be confirmed - and the Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The provisional programme of the Summit is available on the official website of the Summit: www.desertif-actions.fr/en/agenda/