The closing event of the 12th Session of the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification was carried out at the press conference conducted by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, Prof. Dr. Lütfi Akça, the Deputy Secretary of the UN and the Executive Secretary of the UNCCD Ms. Monique Barbut.
The United Nations Conference to Combat Desertification was held between dates 12-23 October with the participation of delegations from 195 countries. The closing of the meetings, which lasted two weeks, was performed at the press conference conducted by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs Prof. Dr. Lütfi Akça, the Deputy Secretary of the UN and the Executive Secretary of the UNCCD Mrs. Monique Barbut. The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs Prof. Dr. Lütfi Akça spoke at the press conference attended by local and international press, and drew attention to the importance of the conference related to land degradation, desertification, drought, and discussions of problems caused by them, to find a solution and stop them. Prof Dr. Akça has also drawn attention to the importance of the Conference of the Parties held for the first time in our country, and said that this conference will give a direction to the 21th Conference of the Parties on Climate Change to be held in December.
The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs Prof. Dr. Lütfi Akca drew attention to the importance for representatives of all countries within the scope of the conference, to decide together. Prof. Dr. Lütfi Akca said that the publication of the declaration of ministers on the neutrality of land degradation was a first, and drew attention on the global decision taken by the attending Ministers to prevent land degradation. He also affirmed the importance of deciding on the establishment of a decision-making mechanism and to realize an integrated approach to combat climate change and to protect the diversity of products combating desertification.
Prof. Dr. Lütfi Akça drew attention to the risk represented by desertification and land degradation in the business world, and said that this conference would enable the business world to have a more active role on desertification. He indicated that discussions have taken place so that the private sector receives more subsidies and may benefit from funds in actions taken against desertification. He concluded his speech by thanking the participants and thanked all those who supported him.
The Deputy Secretary of the UN and the Executive Secretary of the UNCCD Ms. Monique Barbut indicated that conference results are satisfying, that one of the most important decisions of the United Nations Conference to Combat Desertification is the agreement that has been achieved regarding degraded land rehabilitation and that this agreement will play an important role. Ms. Barbut gave statements about objects of the agreement, and indicated that urban, used and lost land could be rehabilitated after the countries have each set their own goals for land degradation neutrality by 2030. She noted that contributions will take place from Global Environment Fund and Ankara Initiative to reach their land degradation neutrality targets, and that the objectives can be achieved in concrete terms. Ms. Barbut effusively thanked Turkey for its contribution in making this contribution and indicated that these good results were achieved through the hard work of all and Turkey’s hospitality.