A specialized body of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Global Mechanism (GM) supports developing countries to increase investments in sustainable land management (SLM) to help reverse, control and prevent land degradation and desertification.
Because the livelihoods of so many are directly dependent on the quality and productivity of land and its resources, SLM is vital to meeting development objectives, including food security, economic growth and poverty alleviation.
Mandated by the UNCCD to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of existing financial mechanisms and to promote actions leading to the mobilization and channelling of substantial financial resources, the GM supports developing countries to position SLM as an investment priority. In addition, the GM provides countries with specialized advice on accessing finance for SLM from a range of public and private sources, both domestic and international.
Since beginning its operations in 1998, the GM has been housed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), one of the world's leading international financial institutions in promoting smallholder agriculture and ''enabling poor rural people to overcome poverty''.