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The first edition of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification’s (UNCCD) Global Land Outlook (GLO) was published in September 2017. The GLO is a strategic communications platform and publication that demonstrates the central importance of land quality to human well-being, assesses current trends in land conversion, degradation and loss, identifies the driving factors and analyzes the impacts, provides scenarios for future challenges and opportunities, and presents a new and transformative vision for land management policy, planning and practice at global and national scales.

Bringing together a diverse group of international experts and partners, the GLO addresses the future challenges and opportunities for the management and restoration of land resources in the context of sustainable development, including:

  • food, water and energy security;
  • climate change and biodiversity conservation;
  • urban, peri-urban and infrastructure development;
  • land tenure, governance and gender; and
  • migration, conflict and human security.

An integral part of the GLO’s digital platform will be the direct linkage with, and support from, the UNCCD’s Knowledge Hub which allows users to perform advanced searches within the relevant knowledge bases of our partners.

On 12 September 2017, the first edition of the Global Land Outlook was launched in Ordos, China during the UNCCD's 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

On 25 September 2015, 193 countries came together in New York to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs. SDG 15 calls for the protection, restoration and sustainable management of land-based ecosystems. In doing so target 15.3 specifically aims to achieve a Land Degradation Neutral World by the year 2030.

Earthrise Program on Land: Gaining Ground
The survival of people and wildlife depends on the health of the land. The economic prosperity of a country is linked to the richness of its resources. But, our demand for these is destroying the land and all it harbours. Our consumption of the earth's natural reserves has doubled in the last 30 years. Now, a third of the planet's land is severely degraded. Each year, we lose 15 billion trees and 24 billion tonnes of fertile soil. And at least 10,000 species go extinct every year. The land we live on is being strained to breaking point. Restoration and conservation are key to its survival.

Achieving Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) has become an important tool for the UNCCD, following the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the Sustainable Development Goals and the related decisions taken by country Parties at COP 12 in Ankara. Attaining LDN will significantly contribute to sustainable development through rehabilitation, restoration, conservation and sustainable management of land resources.