The UNCCD is the global voice for land. We promote practices that avoid, reduce and reverse land degradation and are the driving force behind Sustainable Development Goal 15 and Land Degradation Neutrality.

The state of the land affects everyone and caring for it is our shared responsibility. Our flagship initiatives engage governments, scientists, farmers, the private sector and local communities to improve land health and productivity:

Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Target-Setting Programme unites over 120 counties that are setting voluntary targets to achieve LDN, protect and restore land resources, build resilience of land-dependent communities and promote responsible land governance..

The Drought Initiative promotes a shift to proactive drought management, working with countries to develop national drought plans and developing an interactive Drought Toolbox that enables users to design custom drought solutions.

The Great Green Wall Initiative aims to restore Africa’s degraded landscapes and transform millions of lives with the ambition to restore 100 million ha of degraded land, sequester 250 million tons of carbon and create 10 million green jobs.

Capacity Building Marketplace connects iusers to learning, funding and career opportunities, enabling them to share knowledge while growing the network of sustainable land management partners

The Global Mechanism (GM)  was established in 1994 under Article 21 of the Convention to facilitate the mobilization of financial resources to implement the Convention and address desertification, land degradation and drought. 

As an operational arm of the Convention, the GM provides advisory services. It works together with developing countries, the private sector and donors to mobilize substantial resources within and outside a country, in order to implement the Convention at the national level.  

The GM advises countries that request guidance on how to implement the Convention. This includes advice on how to: 

  • set national land degradation neutrality targets 
  • develop and scale up large projects that transform lives and livelihoods 
  • develop national drought plans.  

Link to UNCCD Website