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Convention to Combat Desertification in Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa (UNCCD)
The Convention to Combat Desertification was adopted on 17 June 1994 and entered into force on 26 December 1996. UNCCD is the sole legally binding international agreement linking environment and development to sustainable land management. Its principal objective is to forge a global partnership to reverse and prevent desertification/land degradation and to mitigate the effects of drought in affected areas in order to support poverty reduction and environmental sustainability. The implementation of the Convention is particularly based on the encouragement of the participation of local people in combating desertification and land degradation and the cooperation between developed and developing countries, particularly around knowledge and technology transfer for sustainable land management.