Ibrahim Thiaw
Executive Secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
Ibrahim Thiaw

How can a country and its economy progress when close to half of it work-force is constantly pulled down? In most parts of the world, women do not have land rights. Without owning land, they have no access to finance and are thus left behind.

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.
  • To ensure that women and men benefit equally from decisions taken at the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (COP), as well as to sensitize female and male delegates on gender implications of issues discussed during COP, I will convene the second UNCCD gender caucus at the margins of COP 15 (planned to be held at the end of 2021).

  • To follow up on the UNCCD gender equality capacity assessment conducted in 2020, I will ensure that gender equality training opportunities are included in the UNCCD secretariat staff training plan. The human resources training plan will include at least two gender related trainings that respond to the gender related capacity building needs of staff as analyzed in the gender capacity assessment.