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Canada to rejoin United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

December 21, 2016 - New York City, New York - Global Affairs Canada

Canada has formally delivered its documentation to re-accede to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), further demonstrating its commitment to joining world action to slow land degradation and desertification and to mitigate the effects of drought.

The link between land degradation and climate change is undeniable. Canada is committed to working with its partners to improve the resilience of developing countries to climate change and environmental degradation, which disproportionately affects women and girls.

Canada will work closely with multilateral partners to address poverty, fight inequality and promote sustainable land and resource management.


“The UNCCD is an inclusive body that brings together many diverse voices to tackle complex global issues. In re-acceding to the convention, Canada is taking concrete action to work with multilateral partners on these important challenges.”

- Ambassador Marc-André Blanchard, Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations

Quick facts

  • Canada first acceded to the UNCCD in 1995 and formally withdrew in 2014, becoming the only UN member state not party to the convention.
  • Canada is the sixth-largest contributor to the Global Environment Facility, which, as the financial mechanism of the UNCCD, currently allocates just under 10 percent of its $4.43-billion budget to support efforts to combat land degradation.

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