The Global Mechanism of the UNCCD (GM) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), under the auspices of the African Union Commission (AUC) are organizing an international forum on “Forging Innovative Partnerships for the Implementation of the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI)”, which will take place on 16 and 17 December at the FAO Headquarters in Rome.

Since its adoption in 2007 by the African Heads of State and of Government, the GGWSSI has gradually emerged as the flagship initiative of the African solidarity to combat effects of climate change and desertification, with a view towards improving the living conditions of the most affected populations.

Sahel-Sahara countries involved in the initiative have developed, and in some cases already implemented, a mosaic of actions contributing to a variety of rural development and natural resource management programmes from a sustainable development perspective. This has helped strengthen the resilience of the people in the region and the natural systems they depend on, as well contributing towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

These programmes are situated in a unique regional context marked by humanitarian and security challenges, as well as the fight for the reduction of natural disaster risks, which often leads to the forced migration of the populations exposed to such threats.

The global objective of the forum is to promote a common vision and participation of partners in the implementation of the GGWSSI.

The specific objectives are to:

  • share the GGW results and development prospects
  • identify innovative partnerships, designed for local, national and trans-boundary GGW projects/programs
  • define coordination and exchange mechanisms among multiple financial and technical partners.

The forum will be organized in the form of plenary sessions, round tables and working groups. Participants invited include representatives of GGW and partner countries involved in Africa, global and regional development banks, as well as other financial institutions active in Africa, United Nations organizations, civil society organizations and the private sector.

The outcomes of the forum will be published on this website in due course.


For more information:

Ms Inès Chaâlala, Programme Officer, South-South Cooperation and Liaison Officer for the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel
Tel. +39 06 5459 2647
i.chaalala (at)


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