Foreign Affairs Minister Netumbo Nandi- Ndaitwah on Friday signed an agreement for Namibia to host the United Nations convention to combat desertification (UNCCD). Namibia will host the 11th conference at the Windhoek Country Club and Casino from the 16-27th September 2013 and become the first Southern African country to host the conference.
Luc Gnacadja, executive secretary of the convention co-signed the agreement. Gnacadja was in Namibia from the 24th- 26th July to mobilize support for the host country.
About 2000-3000 delegates from the UNCCD, UN organizations and civil society are expected to attend the conference. The conference will serve as a platform for participants to debate and discuss solutions for the improvement of living conditions of people in dry lands, restoring and maintaining land as well as minimizing the effects of drought.
The conference comes at a critical time for Namibia that is currently facing a drought. Nandi-Ndaitwah said that Namibia hosting the conference solidifies the country’s commitment to combating land degradation.
The UNCCD was established in 1994 and has 195 member countries and one of their main aims is to improve people’s living conditions of people living in arid areas.
Land degradation is believed is believed to affect 1.5 billion people globally.