Conflicts, terror networks overlap with land degradation

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Mr Melchiade Bukuru, Chief of the Liaison Office for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification in New York. UN Photo/Jocelyne Sambira

Conflicts are taking place in areas where land is so degraded that people are forced into exile or to join terrorist networks.

That's what the Chief of the Liaison Office for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification in New York said on Wednesday.

According to Mr Melchiade Bukuru, world leaders should pay attention to the overlap of conflicts with degraded lands.

He named northern Mali in the Sahel region of Africa, an area affected by prolonged droughts and northern Nigeria which have seen the rise in terror networks from Al-Qaeda to Boko Haram.

At the UN Climate Summit, countries like Guatemala, DRC, Ethiopia and Uganda pledged to restore millions of hectares of degraded lands.

Mr Bukuru began by sharing with Jocelyne Sambira his impressions on the outcome of the meeting.

Duration:  3’39″

 

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