FAO’s Director-General José Graziano da Silva has called for a "paradigm shift’’ to lower the use of agricultural inputs, especially water and chemicals and thereby put agriculture, forestry and fisheries on a more sustainable and productive long-term path.
At the margins of the annual conference of the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP7), held from 8-12 September 2014 in Costa Rica, the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UNCCD and the Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding sealing their commitment to work in partnership to facilitate the transition to land degradation neutrality.
The Global Mechanism’s new Liaison Office on Land, Security and Resilience (LLSR) was officially inaugurated on 17 June, during a special event organized to mark this year’s World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD). The Office is housed at the Headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
A new support system, designed to make the UNCCD reporting process more straightforward and easier to complete, was put to the test during a series of regional training workshops held worldwide for National Focal Points and Reporting Officers during May 2014.