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PM Modi said that India would be happy to propose initiatives for greater cooperation in addressing issues of climate change, biodiversity and land degradation.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 9, 2019 2:21:46 pm
UNCCD COP14 LIVE Updates: PM Modi to inaugurate meet shortly Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a high-level segment meeting of the ongoing COP14 to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) on Monday. (Source: ANI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a high-level segment meeting at the gathering at the Conference of Parties (COP14) to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) on Monday and said that climate change was leading to land degradation of various kinds. He said that India would be happy to propose initiatives for greater cooperation in addressing issues of climate change, biodiversity and land degradation. Earlier, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar addressed the gathering and talked about India’s agenda of combating desertification.

India is hosting the UNCCD COP14 from September 2 to September 13. The conference, being held at India Expo Mart in Greater Noida, is aimed at adding to the global discourse on environmental issues, especially those relating to land management.

Around 196 countries and 94 environment ministers are taking part in the mega event. Ministers are expected to announce their targets for land restoration and come to a consensus on measures to address the emerging threats of forced migration, sand and dust storms, and on actions to strengthen resilience to droughts.

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PM Modi inaugurated a high-level meeting of the UNCCD COP14 at Greater Noida on Monday. Follow this space for LIVE Updates.

Highlights

    13:08 (IST)09 Sep 2019
    Real change will be powered by teamwork on the ground, says PM

    Prime Minister stressed on the need for teamwork and cited the success of the Swachh Bharat Mission.  

    12:27 (IST)09 Sep 2019
    Farmers' income to be doubled by increasing crop yield: PM Modi

    PM Modi said that his government has launched a program to double the income of farmers by increasing crop yield through various measures, including land restoration and micro-irrigation. He added that we are also focusing on zero budget natural farming. 

    12:21 (IST)09 Sep 2019
    India will put an end to single-use plastic in the coming years, says PM

    PM Modi said that his government has announced to put an end to single-use plastic in the coming years. He also added that the government has created a "Jal Shakti Ministry" to address all water-related important issues in totality.

    12:19 (IST)09 Sep 2019
    World is facing negative impact of climate change: PM Modi

    The Prime Minister said that climate and environment impact both biodiversity and land, and the world is facing the negative impact of climate change.

    12:12 (IST)09 Sep 2019
    Total area restored from land degradation in India to increase from 21 million hectares to 26 million hectares: PM Modi

    PM Modi emphasised that India aims to increase the total area restored from land degradation to increase from 21 million hectares to 26 million hectares. He also added that India's tree cover has increased by 0.8 million hectares between 2015 and 2017.

    11:54 (IST)09 Sep 2019
    Prime Minister Modi addresses the gathering

    PM Modi is addressing the gathering now. 

    11:26 (IST)09 Sep 2019
    Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines addresses the gathering

    Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves addressed the gathering and said desertification has been identified as the greatest environmental challenge of our time and climate change is making it worse.

    11:20 (IST)09 Sep 2019
    United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Jane Mohammed speaks at the event

    United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Jane Mohammed spoke about the steps that can be taken to combat climate change. She said we need to make small steps in order to achieve our bigger climate goals, 

    11:08 (IST)09 Sep 2019
    PM of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines attends the conference

    Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves is also present at the event in Greater Noida.

    10:55 (IST)09 Sep 2019
    Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar speaks about agenda to combat desertification

    Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar spoke about the agenda to combat desertification. PM Modi is also present at the venue. 

    Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar inaugurated the conference and said that good outcomes are expected out of the COP14, given the massive scale of participation. The minister had earlier said that India will restore 50 lakh hectare of its degraded land by 2030 and also announced the plan to set up a center of excellence at the Forest Research Institute in Dehradun in order to combat the desertification of fertile land. India took over the presidency of the COP from China, where countries agreed on a 12-year strategy to contain runaway land degradation during the last COP in 2017.

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