Dear CSO representatives,

As Desertification and Drought Day is quickly approaching, we are pleased to share
with you the video message of the UNCCD Executive Secretary Ibrahim Thiaw.
We added all the UN language subtitles.To view the video with a preferred language
subtitle, go to settings/subtitles.

Also attached is the 2021DDD flyer which provides an overview of our campaign and
the 17 June observance event. The campaign materials can be found
here. We look forward to hearing from you about your observance event. Please send
us a brief note with photos so that we can post them on the

Events around the World page.

Thank you again for your commitment and support in the implementation of the UNCCD

We wish you a wonderful Desertification and Drought Day.

Best regards,

Marcos Montoiro
NGO and Civil Society Liaison Officer

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

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The 2021 Desertification and Drought Day on 17 June will focus on turning degraded land into healthy land. Restoring degraded land brings economic resilience, creates jobs, raises incomes and increases food security. It helps biodiversity to recover. It locks away the atmospheric carbon warming the Earth, slowing climate change. It can also lessen the impacts of climate change and underpin a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

We invite you to join our fun-packed and educative celebration of this year’s Desertification and Drought Day. There is something for everyone – from heads of state to children.

We are also inviting you to share the program with your colleagues, friends, family and partners, and invite them to join in. The program will feature live virtual events and an online program streamed via UNCCD social media.

Virtual events 

  • World leader’s high-level forum, titled, “Restoration. Land. Recovery.” convened by the President Carlos of Costa Rica (Streamed via Facebook)
  • Launch of the Global Assessment Report on Drought by renown subject experts. Register here: Webinar

Online Programme 

  • A talk show
  • Music, film and dance shows
  • Children’s program with a music presentation and a one-day challenge for children
  • Thematic panels
  • Announcement of the winner of the Land for Life Award
  • Video messages from special guests
  • Media Assets

A run-down of the full day program and products will be available here:


Post your events here:


The event will be streamed via the UNCCD Facebook, YouTube and Twitter accounts. @unccd 








The event will be stream via the UNCCD Facebook, YouTube and Twitter accounts. @unccd

Learn more about Desertification and Drought Day 2021 and its theme “Restoration.Land.Recovery: We build back better with healthy land.”


Marcos Montoiro
NGO and Civil Society Liaison Officer

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

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The Global Environment Facility’s governing body will meet June 14-18 to consider $340 million in new funding to enable developing countries to increase their climate resilience and keep advancing environmental protection and renewal, through and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

It will be the 60th meeting of the GEF Council, which has met twice a year since the multilateral fund was created three decades ago in 1991, and the 30th of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF). Like the past two Council meetings, this gathering will occur virtually because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 3.7 million people worldwide.

GEF CEO and Chairperson Carlos Manuel Rodriguez noted before the meetings that many developing countries had shown impressive resolve in continuing to prioritize environmental action over the past year, even in extremely difficult conditions.

“I am humbled by the commitment and perseverance we have seen by our partner governments to keep prioritizing environmental issues through the pandemic, and to raise collective ambitions to put our planet on a healthier path,” Rodriguez said. “I truly believe we are defeating the odds to build momentum for a green, blue, clean, and resilient recovery, and I look forward to continuing to work together toward the change the world needs.”

In their gathering, representatives of the GEF’s 184 member governments will consider $281 million for developing countries’ environmental initiatives plus an additional $60 million for climate change adaptation in the world’s most vulnerable countries through the LDCF.

They will be joined by the heads of the five international environmental conventions that the GEF financially supports – on biological diversity, climate change, desertification, chemicals, and mercury – as well as representatives of the 18 official partner agencies who implement GEF-supported projects in collaboration with local authorities.

Given that the developing countries eligible for GEF grant financing are especially vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change, the Council meetings are expected to focus significantly on ways to bridge the funding gap for climate resilience, including through the commitment of $60 million new financial support specifically for Least Developed Countries.

Delegates will also review the GEF’s operational record and results, discuss an innovative new approach to collaboration with the Green Climate Fund, and hear from the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel and Independent Evaluation Office, all the while looking ahead to the GEF-8 funding cycle which runs from July 2022 to June 2026.

The GEF and LDCF/SCCF Council meetings will be preceded by Civil Society Consultations focused on the opportunities for civil society, indigenous peoples, and local communities to further enhance climate change adaptation in places where such investment is most urgently needed, including and especially in Least Developed Countries.

The $281 million trust fund work program is the second-to-last under the GEF-7 replenishment cycle and spans 92 countries, including 30 Least Developed Countries and 35 Small Island Developing States. It includes 36 projects related to international waters, chemicals and waste, biodiversity, climate change, and land degradation.

The new projects are expected to benefit more than 18 million local people in project areas, including women, and to generate global environmental benefits beyond national borders. Three GEF-supported programs – on e-mobility, chemicals, and artisanal mining – are also poised for expansion to new countries under the work program.

Another set of projects, valued at $60 million and focusing specifically on LDCs, will also be considered by the LDCF/SCCF Council.

These include four climate adaptation projects to be financed by both the GEF trust fund and the GEF-managed LDCF, which is the only multilateral fund solely focused on helping Least Developed Countries cope with climate change. They are an adaptive agriculture and rangeland rehabilitation project in Somalia; a sustainable land management and climate adaptation project in Timor-Leste; a water sector climate resilience project in Bhutan; and an integrated landscape management and restoration project in Central African Republic.

The LDCF is also proposing projects to support increased climate resilience in Eritrea, Kiribati, and Lesotho. With this set of projects, the dedicated fund supported by donors including Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States will have provided financial support to all Least Developed Countries in the GEF-7 cycle.

One of the two non-grant instrument projects in the GEF work program relates to climate adaptation – providing blended finance for climate resilience technology through CRAFT, a new fund managed by Conservation International and Lightsmith Group LLC. The other includes the provision of guarantees for the green retrofits of small and medium-sized hotels, in partnership with IFC, a member of the World Bank Group.

For more information on the 60th GEF Council meetings, please click here

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The NES Moldova team has prepared and published multiple information, articles, posts on social media List of articles and posts in social media of NES Moldova Team


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We are participating at the 11th Meeting of the Danube Local Actors Platform. Please find enclosed the draft agenda:

The meeting addresses the up-coming Danube Participation Day 2021 on participation and digitalisation (including a brief follow-up of the Danube Participation Day 2020 on youth participation and related initiatives as well an National Participation Days), provides updates from the Danube Strategy Governance, addresses the next steps in the implementation of Priority Area 10 “Institutional Capacity and Cooperation” and exchange on useful information on project development and design for further formats on funding & project development that will be created in the course of this year.

Please find enclosed the summary of the meeting. The summary includes contributions from speakers and references to documents and links that were mentioned during the presentations. The annexes are available at WeTransfer at the following link:


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