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UN meeting set to renew fight against desertification
NAIROBI, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) — Representatives from 194 countries and the European Union are due to begin a biennial meeting in Windhoek, Namibia on Monday to renew global efforts to combat advancing deserts and help drought-stricken areas worldwide build a sustainable future.
The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), adopted on June 17, 1994, is meant to counter the destructive force of desertification and mitigate the effects of drought through international cooperation.
It will be the first time for a southern African country to host a UNCCD conference of parties, highlighting the UN body’s focus on African countries, the hardest hit around the world in terms of desertification and land degradation.
During the September 16-27 gathering, up to 3,000 delegates, including government officials and environmental experts, are expected to discuss ways to scale up…
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