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Commonwealth adopts ‘Living Lands Charter’ for future generations

  • Published
    28th Jun, 2022
Context

Commonwealth leaders have officially adopted the Living Lands Charter: A Commonwealth Call to action on Living Lands (CALL), which commits all 54 member countries to safeguarding global land resources while taking coordinated action on climate change, biodiversity loss and sustainable land management.

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Living Lands Charter:

  • It is a non-binding agreement.
  • The Living Lands Charter is a testament to our commitment to the people of the Commonwealth, and to the Commonwealth principles of transparency, consensus, and common action.
  • It helps to encapsulate combined effort to hold the global average temperature increase to 1.5°C.
    • It seeks to catalyse the global political momentum for enhancing climate action, building resilience, reducing biodiversity loss, and arresting land degradation.
  • The Call to Action on Living Lands seeks to propel sustainable land management by supporting the 54 Commonwealth member countries to
    • prevent biodiversity loss and
    • desertification while reducing emissions,
    • enhancing resilience and
    • promoting sustainable development
  • It aimed to support member countries to effectively deliver their commitments under the three Rio conventions — 
    • UN Convention on Biological Diversity,
    • UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and
    • UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
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