United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

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A convention to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought through national action programs.

The UNCCD is the only convention stemming from a direct recommendation of the Rio Conference’s Agenda 21, and is the only internationally legally binding framework set up to address the problem of desertification.

It was adopted in Paris, France, on 17 June 1994 and entered into force in December 1996. IThe Convention is based on the principles of participation, partnership and decentralisation—the backbone of good governance and sustainable development. It has 197 parties, making it near universal in reach.

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United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification website