UNDP Drylands Development Centre

Centre de PNUD pour le développement des zones arides

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1973, as United Nations Sudano-Sahelian Office -- Bureau des Nations Unies pour la région soudano-sahélienne. Transferred, 1976, to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 1976. Name changed in 1994 to Office to Combat Desertification and Drought (UNSO) -- Bureau de la lutte contre la désertification et la sécheresse -- Oficina de Lucha contra la Desertificación y la Seguia -- Bjuro po Borbe s Opustynivaniem i Zasuhoj. Headquarter relocated from New York NY (USA) to Nairobi (Kenya), 1 July 2001. Current name adopted Feb 2002. Replaced by Global Policy Centre on Resilient Ecosystems and Desertification (GC-RED).


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Facilitates, organizes and coordinates national and sub-regional events and workshops on key issues relating to drylands development, desertification and drought mitigation. Supports the following activities:

 • Supports UNDP country offices to integrate drylands development and drylands management activities into country programmes.

 • Integrates drylands issues into strategies and national development frameworks, for example: Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP); United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF); Country Cooperation Frameworks (CCF-UNDP).

 • Assists the implementation of the UNCCD.

 • Institutional capacity at country and sub-regional levels.

 • Policy support that includes providing expert advisory policy advice, review, research and analysis of policies that pertain to drylands development issues.

 • Resource mobilization for programme activities to support country work.

 • Partnership building through capacity building workshops for resource mobilization at sub-regional levels to support the UNCCS implementation.

 • Global advocacy and awareness raising through development of series of challenge papers that build and broaden the knowledge base on drylands matters to enable decision makers to reach critical decisions on drylands development issues.

 • Promotes synergies with other conventions through implementation of an initiative on 'Coping with Drought and Climate Change: Best Use of Climate Information for Reducing Land Degradation and Conserving Biodiversity'.

 • Harnesses local environmental knowledge for effective land husbandry through promoting farmer innovations in rainfed agriculture.

 • Disseminates information on drylands development issues through various publications.


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Relations with 18 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 5 non-governmental organizations.
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Subjects *

  • Climatology
    • Arid Zones
  • Society
    • Disadvantaged
  • International Relations
    • United Nations
  • Development
    • Development

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 15: Life on Land



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