The Fifteenth Session of the Convention of the Events (COP15) of the United Nations Conference to Fight Desertification (UNCCD) opened in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on Might 9. It’s specializing in the most important worldwide problem represented by the degradation of land and its transformation into dry zones, affecting almost 30 million acres annually. Desertification might displace 135 million individuals within the coming many years. France’s participation within the COP15 due to this fact displays the pressing want for a coordinated response to this world phenomenon, which can’t be separated from the varied local weather crises and the lack of biodiversity, and its severe social and financial ramifications.
France and its European companions are presenting a number of initiatives throughout the framework of the French presidency of the EU Council, along with their African companions. The Nice Inexperienced Wall mission for the Sahara and the Sahel will probably be one of many dialogue matters. On the One Planet summit on January 11, 2021, President Macron helped make it doable to lift €16 billion for this regional land restoration initiative, which is significant to creating jobs.
In mild of the Russian aggression in Ukraine and the following meals disaster, the COP15 is an efficient alternative to publicize the European FARM (Meals and Agriculture Resilience Mission) initiative, which we’re selling with the assist of worldwide organizations such because the WFP and IFAD. President Macron mentioned this yesterday with members of the African Union Bureau.
The COP15 additionally affords a possibility to assessment the plant-based protein initiative launched on the EU-UA summit this previous February. This initiative underscores the shut connections between meals safety, vitamin and land restoration. Lastly, the EU and France introduced that they might contribute €502 million to the Abidjan initiative launched by Côte d’Ivoire on the sustainable manufacturing of agricultural commodities, significantly cocoa beans. France contributed €155 million of that quantity.