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UNCCD Conference of Parties 16th session (COP16)

2-13 December 2024
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

UNCCD COP16 will happen in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The event brings together government ministers, high-level officials and organizations to accelerate action on land, drought resilience and green transition in Saudi Arabia, the region and beyond.

UNCCD is one of the three major treaties known as the Rio Conventions—alongside climate change and biodiversity. It is the world’s foremost platform where governments, businesses and civil society come together to discuss present-day challenges and chart a sustainable future for land.

We depend on land for our survival. Yet, we treat it like dirt

António GuterresUN Secretary-General

The participation to the sessions of the Conference of the Parties to the UNCCD and its subsidiary bodies is by invitation only. In the coming months, Parties to the Convention and accredited organizations will receive an official invitation to attend the conference and nominate their representatives to take part in COP16.

This edition of the UNCCD Conference of Parties will have four focus areas:

  • Land restoration
  • Drought resilience
  • Land at the heart of SDGs
  • Women's land rights

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