The fifteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) was held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, from 9 to 20 May 2022.
This conference provided another opportunity for nearly 7,000 representatives of the 197 member states, private sector, civil society organizations, indigenous and local community organizations, international organizations, youth and women groups, and the media, to gather and discuss the most important thematic issues of the convention.
The central topic of COP15 negotiations was particularly on sustainable management of one of the most precious possessions of mankind, i.e. “land”, and adopt necessary decisions to improve drought resilience, reduce land degradation, and invest in land restoration efforts at various levels.
The COP15 theme, ‘Land. Life. Legacy: From scarcity to prosperity, was a call to action to ensure land, the lifeline on this planet, continues to benefit present and future generations and, it was also was a concrete response to the interconnected challenges of land degradation, climate change, and biodiversity loss. The present report is an overview of the most important events and results of this COP15 of the UNCCD, prepared by Nahid Naghizadeh, Member of the UNCCD CSOs Panel for Asia, from CENESTA https://csopanel.org/ , to disseminate necessary information to interested experts, CSOs, and local communities at national and local levels.