The United Nations, UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Muhammed, has called for innovative partnerships to accelerate individual and collective actions to reverse land degradation and loss of bio-diversity affecting livelihoods globally.

Amina made the call at the opening of the ministerial segment of the 14th Conference of Parties COP 14 of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification UNCCD.

Theme of the conference is: “Investing in Restoration to Unlock Opportunities.

The UN top diplomat also called for urgent steps to speed up results of collective actions on all the issues relating to climate change.

India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, opened the conference, with Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint-Vincent The Grenadines, in attendance.

Also, UNCCD Executive Secretary, Ibrahim Thiaw, said present and inter-generational impacts of land degradation underlined the plight of children being born whose future is not in the hands of the parents alone, but of humanity at large.