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PM Narendra Modi to address COP 14 to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 09, 2019, 09.10 AM (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the 14th Conference of Parties (COP14) to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) being held in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh on Monday.

Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar were also present at the event.

"This conference will add to the global discourse on issues relating to the environment, especially land management," the Prime Minister's office had tweeted on Sunday.

In another tweet, the PMO had said, "This Conference is being held at a time when India has assumed the COP Presidency for two years. India has had the honour to host the COP of all three Rio conventions on climate change, biodiversity and land."

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UNCCD was adopted in Paris on June 17, 1994, and was ratified by 196 countries and the European Union. India ratified the UNCCD Convention in 1996.

The other two Rio Conventions that emerged as a major outcome of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit were the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). 

(With inputs from agencies)