To counter desertification, the 14th Conference of Parties was organized in Greater Noida between 2 – 13 September 2019, under the United Nations Conference, the first such conference in India.
On September 2, the 12-day conference was inaugurated by Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Ibrahim Thaw, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Desertification Conference.
On this occasion, Prakash Javadekar was elected the chairman of the COP for the year 2021, which he received from China.
In his address, inaugurating a high-level meeting on 9 September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that by 2030, India will increase its target to make 2.1 crore hectares of barren or degraded land fertile to 26 million hectares.
Saathi also said that between 2015 and 2017 there will be an increase of 800,000 hectares in the scope of trees and forest in India.
The theme of the conference was investment in making the land fertile to open doors of opportunity.
About 9000 delegates from 197 countries of the world attended this conference. The delegates also discussed other matters like land management, restoration of degraded land, drought, climate change, renewal, energy, women empowerment, gender equality, water scarcity.