Press Conference: Overcoming Desertification and Drought

NAIROBI, Kenya, Who: Prof. Judith Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, KenyaMonique Barbut, Executive Secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and Under Secretary General of the United Nations
Venue: Press Center, United Nations Environment Programme, Gigiri, Nairobi
Date: Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 09:30-10:00 hrsThe threats of desertification and drought to Kenya are emerging concerns that have ignited policy debate. What’s at stake and what can governments, such as Kenya, and the international community do to arrest desertification and mitigate drought? In an unprecedented development, Parties have rushed to jump-start the related measures agreed under the Sustainable Development Goals, surpassing expectation.

This week, from 18-20 October 2016, world governments will agree on concrete recommendations for the action to be taken when the Conference of the Parties meets in 2017. Prof. Judith Wakhungu and Ms. Monique Barbut will highlight the measures proposed for 2018-2030.

Journalists wishing to cover the event are advised to pre-register via the online portal by Monday evening, 17 October 2016. The link to the online registration is here: Background information about the Conference is here: Press Conference participants must be seated at the UNEP Press Room by 09:20 am. The last group leaves from the Delegates Pavilion by the Gate at 09:15 am. A photo identification card is required to get your access badge.

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