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LLDCs demand predictable financial support

MIRRIAM MULENGA

CHIMWEMWE MWALE, Lusaka
LAND Locked Developing Countries (LLDCs) want enough and predictable financial support to enable them fully implement measures to reverse land degradation.
Zambia, the current chair of LLDCs, made the call at a side event on achieving Land Degradation Neutrality in LLDC, under the theme ‘Challenges and Opportunities’.
This was at the on-going 12th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Ankara, Turkey.
Zambia made the call through its Ambassador to Turkey Miriam Mulenga on behalf of Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Christabel Ngimbu.
This is contained in a statement issued yesterday by deputy head of mission at the Zambian Embassy in Turkey, Bwalya Nondo.
Ms Ngimbu said financial resources to LLDCs, including Overseas Development Assistance (ODA), should be encouraged and improved in line with the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.
She also urged the UNCCD to help LLDCs receive targeted funding earmarked for addressing the impacts of desertification, land degradation and drought.
Ms Ngimbu said developing countries desire inclusive and sustainable economic growth, well-developed infrastructure and productive capacities.
She said this is in addition to a well-diversified economic production base with a vision to transiting from being landlocked to being land-linked.
“However, this vision can only be achieved if the challenges of climate change, desertification, land degradation and drought are tenaciously and expeditiously addressed. We all depend on land and natural resources for our living,” she said.
She noted that there is urgent need for concerted action to prevent the worsening of the current socio-economic situation caused by desertification and land degradation in landlocked developing countries.
Ms Ngimbu said capacity building support, science and technology are critical in supporting efforts to achieve land degradation neutrality.
She called for continued and scaled up support from the international community.
The side event was moderated by Gyan Chandra Acharya, United Nations under-secretary general and High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Countries and Small Island Developing States.


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