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.
PM Modi inaugurated a high-level meeting of the UNCCD COP14 at Greater Noida on Monday. Follow this space for LIVE Updates.
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PM Modi at the COP14 to UNCCD in Greater Noida,UP: When we address degraded lands, we also address water scarcity. Augmenting water supply, enhancing water recharge, slowing down water run-off and retaining moisture in the soil are all parts of a holistic land and water strategy. pic.twitter.com/WjMd8MgFoT— ANI (@ANI) September 9, 2019
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Prime Minister Modi addresses the gathering
PM Modi is addressing the gathering now.
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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.
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.