Deputy Secretary-General's remarks to the high-level segment of the Fifteenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention to Combat Desertification [as prepared for delivery]

I am delighted to join this high-level event.
This Gender Caucus, the very first day of the UNCCD COP, provides a precious space to discuss how to turn women’s rights and gender equality into actions.
As we meet today, inequality and environmental degradation continue to threaten the lives and well-being of millions across the globe. 
Human activities have already altered 70% of land, and every other person on earth is negatively affected by the loss and degradation of the soil that feeds us. 

Source: UN News

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