Given our work and efforts to formalise the youth constituency to UNCCD, we are pleased to now commence the election process for Global Focal Points to the Global Youth Caucus on Desertification & Land. 

--- Election Process for Global Focal Points (GFP) ---  

The process -

  • Two spots for Global Focal Points are being open for nomination, followed by a round of voting.

  • The nomination period will close on 26 May 2020 

  • Once the candidate nominations have been received, they will be screened by the Election-team based on criteria outlined in Annex (Page 28 onward) of UN MGCY Process and Procedures:

  • Following that and ensuring we have enough applications, a voting period will commence - the Elections Team will send across the details associated with the voting process after the nomination period and screening has concluded.

Do you want to run as a candidate for GFP position?

Do you want to join the Election Team ?

The Election Team comprises members from UN MGCY Coordination, and members from this Constituency. If you would like to be a part of it, please send an email, indicating your interest together with your organisational affiliation. We will be able to respond to the emails taking into account the capacity constraints. 

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More details about UNCCD & youth 

Desertification is not the natural expansion of existing deserts but the degradation of land in arid, semi-arid, and dry sub-humid areas. It is a gradual process of soil productivity loss and the thinning out of the vegetative cover because of human activities and climatic variations such as prolonged droughts and floods. Desertification is a worldwide problem directly affecting 250 million people and a third of the earth's land surface or over 4 billion hectares. In addition, the livelihoods of some one billion people who depend on land for most of their needs and usually the world's poorest in over one hundred countries are threatened.

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is one of the three conventions, together with the UNFCCC and UNCBD, the process for which was initiated at the Rio Earth Summit 1992, together with adoption of Agenda 21. UNCCD itself was adopted in 1994. Its primary areas of focus are desertification and land degradation, with several further layers of thematic focus such as Land & Human Security, Droughts, and Climate Change. It is an intergovernmental process, which has biennial Conference of Parties (COP), bringing together world governments to negotiate and take action on issues related to Desertification.

The youth constituency to UNCCD was formalised in 2019, and further recognised in the decision of UNCCD COP14 India in September 2019. 

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