In September 2019, at the 14th Conference of Parties (COP) of the UNCCD, Parties decided to establish an intergovernmental working group (IWG), on effective policy and implementation measures for addressing drought under the UNCCD.
The launch of the new UNCCD interactive Drought Toolbox became the highlight of the day.
Antalya, Turkey – A validation workshop for the UNCCD-led Drought Toolbox brings together representatives of fifteen countries on 2-4 May to test the new interactive platform that will help design effective solutions to reduce the impacts of drought and develop national drought plans. The participants will also discuss relevant tools for drought early warning and monitoring, methods for assessing vulnerability to drought and appropriate measures for reducing drought impacts. The workshop aims to explore options that go beyond the country level and address the drought regionally.
1-2 February 2018 − Rome, Italy − UNCCD has presented its new Drought Initiative to the UN-Water members and partners who gathered for the 28th UN-Water meeting at the IFAD Headquarters in Rome to discuss global water challenges.
25 April, 2018 – Rome, Italy – A meeting at the FAO headquarters brought together representatives of the UNCCD secretariat, FAO and WMO to explore opportunities for collaboration in the framework of the new UNCCD Drought Initiative, adopted at the
Bonn, Germany – Over the past hundred years, the increase in human populations has been three times greater than during the entire previous history of mankind. More natural resources have been extracted from the earth and more land converted for cities, agriculture, and industry than ever before. On this warming planet, droughts seem to have changed their nature as well, increasing in spatial extent, duration, frequency, and severity.