Delhi Declaration might downplay international finance institutions' role in mitigating desertification -Ishan Kukreti

-Down to Earth

A key paragraph has been proposed for deletion in the draft declaration

The Delhi Declaration, to be finalised and released on September 10, 2019, at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification’s (UNCCD) Conference of Parties (CoP) 14, might downplay many issues like the role of the international financial institutions and forest ecosystems.

A draft of the Delhi Declaration has been accessed by Down to Earth. The draft is currently being worked upon and the final document might have some changes.

Paragraph 18 of the draft Delhi Declaration, which talked specifically about the role of the international financial mechanisms like Green Climate Fund (GCF), Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Adaptation Fund in addressing the issues of land degradation and desertification, has been proposed for deletion.

In its place, a paragraph, which doesn’t mention these institutions specifically, has been introduced in the draft.

The paragraph, which said, “International financial mechanisms, including the GCF, GEF and Adaptation Fund, and relevant development partners to put in place a rapid and flexible process for allocating increased financial and technical support to Parties implementing projects that combat DLDD and deliver co-benefits,” is proposed to be replaced.

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Down to Earth, 9 September, 2019,

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