The dialogue will see participation of several heads of states/ governments and ministers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver a keynote address virtually at the UN “High-Level Dialogue on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought” on Monday at the United Nations in New York.

According to the Permanent Mission of India to the UN, Prime Minister Modi will be speaking at the opening segment in his capacity as the President of the 14th Session of the Conference of Parties of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

The President of the General Assembly, the Deputy-Secretary General, the President of ECOSOC and the Executive-Secretary of the UNCCD will also speak on this occasion.

The High-Level Dialogue will be organized by the President of the General Assembly in accordance with UN General Assembly Resolution 75/218 of 21 December 2020 entitled “Implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa”.

The High-Level Dialogue will assess the progress made in the fight against desertification, land degradation and drought and map the way forward in view of the end of the UN Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification, and the beginning of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

This will include generating momentum and raising ambition for using land restoration as a key entry point. The discussions at the dialogue will highlight the importance of leveraging accelerated action on land-based solutions for climate and biodiversity.

The High-Level Dialogue will see participation of several other Heads of States/Governments and Ministers.