Following the decisions at UNCCD COP14, FAO in collaboration with UNCCD will be organizing a series of online expert consultations that will contribute to produce a technical guide on how to integrate the VGGT into the implementation of the Convention and land degradation neutrality. These consultations will bring together national experts from selected countries, subject matter experts, SPI members and CSO representatives of UNCCD and key resource partners who will contribute in the preparation of the technical guide.

The first online consultation were be held on 17 June 2020 on occasion of the “Desertification and Drought Day” from 14:00 – 16:00 hrs (Rome time)

1. Why are we here?
14:00-14:10 (10 min)
Opening and setting the scene
Vera Boerger, Senior Land and Water Officer, FAO, and Barron Orr, Lead Scientist at UNCCD14:10-14:40 (30 min)
Institutional perspective
– Eduardo Mansur, Director, Land and Water Division, FAO
– Marcela Villarreal, Director, Partnerships Division, FAO
– Louise Baker, Unit Chief, External Relations, Policy and Advocacy, UNCCD
– Christina Blank, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
– Christopher Hegadorn, Secretary, Committee on World Food Security
РMarioldy Sanchez Santiva̱ez, AIDER, Peru
2. What realities do we have on ground?
14:40-15:30 (50 min)
Status of VGGT and LDN
Insights from country case studies of bridging the gap between VGGT and LDN- Mongolia – Governance in pastureland;
– Sierra Leone – National Land Policy Reform
– Senegal – Introducing VGGT in integrated land management
– Tunisia – Land consolidation and conservation
– Guyana – Linkages of LDN and land use planningDiscussions
3. How can you contribute?
15:30-15:55 (25 min)
Next steps and draft annotated outline
– Introduction by Stefan Schlingloff, Land and Water Officer, FAOConsultative process in countries and CRIC
– Intervention by Trevor L. Benn, Commissioner, Guyana Lands and Surveys CommissionDiscussion and roles for contributing to the process15:55-16:00 (5 min)
Conclusion and closing remarks

Concept Note for online consultations on integration of CFS-VGGT into implementation of UNCCD and LDN is following: Concept_Note_Consultations (1)

Due to the increased interest and multiple comments, the duration of the conference was extended, and each participant (about 60) mentioned what he could contribute to the development of this Guide.

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I had the great pleasure of meeting, discussing and working with many people at the 14th UNCCD Conference of the Parties. Some of them participated for the first time in such an event.

One such person is Mrs. Kalyanee Shah, President of AO “Socio Economic Welfare Action for Women and Children” in Nepal. Namely, the representative of indigenous peoples, I proposed to present the position of civil society on soil health and population health in the Interactive Dialogue at the high level segment of the Conference (with the ministers of the participating countries), which we prepared together in the working group.

At first he refused and said he would not be able to present, and then being encouraged by 3 other representatives of different organizations in Nepal, but also by the other members of the Working Group, he accepted and presented with a rather harsh position from civil society.

Upon her return to her home country, she and her colleagues were invited as special guests at the UNDP-Climate Action for Young Nepalese in Kathmandu.

And from them I received a letter which I attach below.

Dear CSO friends,

Participation in COP 14 is our first experience of UNCCD activities. We got chance to learn how UNCCD is functioning and giving importance to CSO involvement.

Here we want to thank Jiajia, Bhawani, Natalia, Valentin, Jone, Amit, Yaya for their support and cooperation without which our active participation was not possible.

Our special thanks to Marcos who encouraged and help us to join UNCCD COP 14.

Sunil Manandhar
SEWA Nepal Team
Lal Nani from Green Energy Nepal
Kalyanee Shah, President of “Socio Economic Welfare Action for Women and Children” from Nepal.


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I had the great pleasure to discuss with many participants at the 14th UNCCD Conference of the Parties in India and to receive messages from them. One of them is Jannis, a young person from Germany who participated in both the Forum of the young people we organized with them and in one of the working groups we facilitated.

I was very impressed with the initiatives of the young people, but also their dedication. Below is the letter I received from Jannis. I am very pleased that we have been able to contribute something to support and promote their initiatives.

Dear CSO friends,

it was a pleasure to meet you all for integrating me since my first day at cop even though I am still only an 18-year-old high school student. I got to know many of you in the last days and would love to keep contact with you.

Yesterday night some friends of mine from the Youth Forum were joking about hosting and conference in Germany. But while overthinking the idea we found out that the idea wasn’t such unrealistic as we thought at first. So let’s see, if we can manage it. It would definitely be a pleasure to have some of you as speakers. If you are interested in supporting us in organizing the youth conference, I would be happy if you could text me. Furthermore I have my contact details in the following, to stay in touch. It was a pity that we couldn’t spend more time together and try to influence the policies together. Enjoy the remaining conference and please keep lobbying our position. I would appreciate to meet you all soon. Maybe in Chile.

Best, Jannis (Fridays for Future)

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