UN / DESERTIFICATION

06-Sep-2019 00:01:37
Briefing via teleconference from COP14, which takes place in New Delhi, India, from 2 to 13 September, the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Ibrahim Thiaw, said land degradation is generating a “huge loss to the world economy,” estimated to be “between 10 and 17 percent of the global GDP.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 06 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

06 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press conference with Ibrahim Thiaw on screen
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD):
“Land is providing us with 99.7 percent of the food we eat, for almost all the calories we at coming from land. It is also providing us with the water we drink. The quality of the water we get is coming from land and from ecosystems. It is a major contributor to our economies, and land degradation, which is the phenomenon that we are dealing with, is actually generating huge loss to the world economy. The loss is estimated between 10 and 17 percent of the global GDP.”
4. Med shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD):
“Land degradation is also a phenomenon that has connections with peace and security. I am sure you know that the situation in particular in the Sahel is a mix of many factors including competition over access to land and water, which is triggering conflict between farmers and pastoralists as is the case in Nigeria, in Mali, in Burkina Faso, and in other parts of the Sahel.”
6. Wide shot, Thiaw on screen
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD):
“Land degradation is a phenomenon that has been known for many years. Now the point is how can we address this issue. And the good news is that the technology, the science, and the knowledge is there to actually reduce land degradation and fix this phenomenon once and for all.”
8. Wide shot, end of presser
STORYLINE
Briefing via teleconference from COP14, which takes place in New Delhi, India, from 2 to 13 September, the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Ibrahim Thiaw, today (6 Sep) said land degradation is generating a “huge loss to the world economy,” estimated to be “between 10 and 17 percent of the global GDP.”

Thiaw noted that “land is providing us with 99.7 percent of the food we eat” as well as “with the water we drink,” as “the quality of the water we get is coming from land and from ecosystems.”

He said, “land degradation is also a phenomenon that has connections with peace and security,” pointing out that “the situation in particular in the Sahel is a mix of many factors including competition over access to land and water, which is triggering conflict between farmers and pastoralists as is the case in Nigeria, in Mali, in Burkina Faso, and in other parts of the Sahel.”

The Executive Secretary told reporters that “the good news is that the technology, the science, and the knowledge is there to actually reduce land degradation and fix this phenomenon once and for all.”

The theme of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (COP14) is “Investing in Land, Unlocking Opportunities.”

Reversing land degradation and its outcomes while accelerating positive achievements for people and for ecosystems with a view to deliver on Sustainable Development Goals is the core agenda of the fourteenth session of COP14.
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