The UNCCD, established in 1994, is a legally binding international agreement focusing on sustainable land management and the link between environment and development. It recognizes land degradation as a key sustainable development priority for many affected countries and emphasizes the need to address drought as a major natural disaster. The Convention also prioritizes the equal participation of women and men in combating desertification and mitigating drought effects.
In an effort to strengthen knowledge on gender issues, the UNCCD has conducted research and produced publications on transformative land management policies. A joint initiative with the FAO aims to identify innovative women-led initiatives in sustainable land management in drought-prone areas. A report featuring 20 promising practices will be launched on the International Day of Rural Women on October 15, 2024, and discussed at the UNCCD Conference of Parties (COP16) in December 2024 in Saudi Arabia.
To submit case studies, individuals can access the submission form in English, French, or Spanish via the UNCCD website. Submissions should be made by April 1, 2024, and can be sent to gender[at]unccd.int. The Secretariat may follow up for further information on individual projects or case studies.
Overall, the UNCCD is focused on promoting sustainable land management, addressing drought and land degradation, and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in these efforts. The upcoming initiative with the FAO aims to highlight and share innovative women-led initiatives in sustainable land management.