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India to host Conference of Parties of UNCCD

Published on June 19, 2019
India will be hosting the 14th session of the Conference of Parties (COP-14) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) for the first time.
India to host Conference of Parties of UNCCD

Details:

  • COP-14 will be held between September 2nd and 14th in Delhi.
  • It is expected that atleast 5,000 delegates from nearly 197 countries will be participating.
  • The Centre launched a flagship project, part of a larger international initiative called the 'Bonn Challenge' ahead of the COP-14.
  • The flagship project aims to enhance India's capacity for forest landscape restoration (FLR).
  • The Bonn Challenge is a global effort to bring 150 million hectares of the world's deforested and degraded land under restoration by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030.

About United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD):

  • UNCCD aims to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought through national action programs that incorporate long-term strategies supported by international cooperation and partnership arrangements.
  • It was drafted on 17th June 1994 and was signed into effect on 14th October 1994.
  • There are 197 parties to it (196 states + the European Union).

Question:

Q. Which country will be hosting the 14th session of the Conference of Parties (COP-14) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) for the first time?
a. China
b. India
c. Japan
d. Indonesia
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