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