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Lithuania will represent the European Union at United Nations conference


The EU nations‘ position on desertification will be presented to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification by Minister Valentinas Mazuronis, a national representative of the nation holding the EU presidency.

The United Nations chose Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, for the location of the convention because this southwestern African nation has suffered the most from droughts over the last 30 years, and a large percentage of it is desert. For the second week now in Windhoek, representatives and experts from nations all around the world, the EU among them, have been discussing the financial support necessary to combat desertification and land degradation, ways to use said financing effectively, and the newest scientific and technological advances towards preventing these and other processes.

Today and tomorrow, the conference’s participants, together with the ministers of the Convention’s nations, will discuss ways to strengthen this international agreement’s role in the worldwide fight against worldwide land degradation. They will also discuss the economic factors of such efforts and share examples of effective practices.

“The European Union and its nations want the Convention to be implemented all over the world and they seek results,” – Valentinas Mazuronis told the conference’s participants. According to the minister, all decisions should be made after evaluating the expenses and financing sources required to implement them and the value added by new structures should be analyzed before creating them. Valentinas Mazuronis encouraged all to find opportunities to strengthen cooperation between all institutions created to coordinate the implementation of the Rio convention.
The UN Convention to Combat Desertification is one of three international agreements created at the historic summit meeting in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Together with the Climate Change and Biological Diversity conventions, it helps solve worldwide sustainable development and environmental quality protection problems.

Based on experts’ conclusion, the participants of the Windhoek conference will evaluate how the implementation of the 10-year strategy is going, as it has met its half-way mark. They will also decide what measures need to be taken to ensure that its goals are achieved. They will discuss what laws they must pass to implement the UN’s “Rio+20” sustainable development conference’s suggestions on eventually stopping soil degradation worldwide.

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Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas