Louise Arbour/UN addresses UNCCD COP13

Video message by SRSG Arbour at the thirteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, held in Inner Mongolia, from 6-16 September 2017.
In the video, the SRSG explores how environmental drivers of migration, such as land degradation, desertification and soil erosion, undermine the sustainability of local livelihoods and push people to leave their communities.

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Spain announces organisation of an International Conference in Almeria in 2019

Full speech (spanish only):

In his speech to the Member States, the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, announced that Spain would be signing this Global Compact for Migration and said it represents a “qualitative step forward in effective multilateralism”, a principle that steers the policy and action of the Government of Spain and that reflects “the path to be followed for correctly managing migratory flows, international cooperation based on shared responsibility and solidarity”.

Furthermore, the President of the Government announced that Spain will collaborate on the balanced implementation of the 23 objectives presented in the text and, in terms of specific measures, announced the organisation of an International Conference in Almeria in 2019 to analyse the relationship between desertification and migration, and the implementation of a Strategic Plan on Citizenship and Integration aimed at fostering social harmony, social cohesion and inclusion, which will receive State funding to enable joint efforts with the regional governments and local council authorities.

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