June 14, 2014 | Events


Healthy landscapes and ecosystems are critical to win the battle to reduce poverty, improve livelihoods and address resilience. Come and engage high-profile leaders and experts on the human factors fueling ecosystem degradation and share solutions on 17 June at this year’s global observance of World Day to Combat Desertification (2014WDCD).

The event includes an opening ceremony, panel discussions, a concert, film screening, a networking lunch and a cocktail reception. The event will also be webcast live. Entry is free, however, pre-registration is required in order to get access to the Bank.

The event is organized by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and hosted at the World Bank in partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), TerrAfrica and Connect4Climate.

Event Location

The World Bank
1818 H St NW
Washington, DC 20433

Event Resources

WDCD2014 Program

8:45 - 9:00Registration & CoffeeLobby Entrance
9:00 - 9:30Opening RemarksPreston Hall
9:30 - 10:00Keynote AddressesPreston Hall
10:00 - 10:15Land For Life AwardPreston Hall
10:15 - 11:30Session 1: Greening Ethiopia’s Highlands: A New Hope for AfricaPreston Hall
11:30 - 13:00Session 2: Ecosystem-based Adaptation - Panel DiscussionPreston Hall
13:00 - 14:30Lunch Break:Atrium
Photo Exhibit
GEF Book LaunchAtrium
UNCCD Social media - Climate proof my land Q&A sessionAtrium
14:30 - 16:00Session 3: A Conversation on Drylands: Perspectives from Africa, LAC and the Middle East Preston Hall
16:05 - 16:20Closing remarksPreston Hall
16:30 - 18:00Cocktail receptionAtrium
16:30 - 18:00ConcertAtrium

Confirmed #WDCD2014 Speakers

Mr. Mahmoud MohieldinCorporate Secretary and President's Special Envoy, World Bank Group
Ms. Monique BarbutExecutive Secretary, UNCCD
Ms. Naoko IshiiCEO, GEF
H.E. Mr. Brigi RafiniPrime Minister of Niger
H.E. Mr. Uahekua HerungaMinister of Environment and Tourism of Namibia and President of the UNCCD 11th Session of the Conference of the Parties
H.E. Mr. Girma Birru GedaSpecial Envoy, Ambassador Extra Ordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the United States of America
Ms. Sara ScherrPresident, Ecoagriculture
Mr. Jamal SaghirDirector, Africa Sustainable Development, World Bank Group
Ms. Paola AgostiniCoordinator GEF/TerrAfrica/FCPF, World Bank Group
Mr. Jeff HerrickSoil Scientist, Agriculture Research Service, Department of Agriculture, USA
Ms. Elmedina KrilasevicMB President, Forestry and Environmental Action, UNCCD Civil Society Panel member
Mr. Mohamed BakarrSenior Environmental Specialist, GEF
Mr. Raffaello CervigniLead Environmental Economist, World Bank
Ms. Mona EldaiefFilm Director, Solar Mamas, Why Poverty?
Mr. Ibrahim Lumumba Idi-IssaDeputy Executive Secretary, CILSS
Mr. Iain G. ShukerSector Manager, World Bank
Ms. Elmedina KrilasevicMB President, Forestry and Environmental Action, UNCCD Civil Society Panel member
Mr. Dennis GarrityUNCCD Drylands Ambassador, Senior Fellow, World Agroforestry Centre
Mr. Benoit BosquetSector Manager, World Bank
Mr. Gustavo A. B. da FonsecaHead, Natural Resources, GEF Secretariat
Ms. Edwige BotoniNatural Resource Management Specialist, CILSS
Ms. Mona EldaiefDirector, Solar Mamas
Mr. Norbert HenningerSenior Associate People and Ecosystems Program, WRI
Ms. Banu SetlurSenior Environmental Specialist, World Bank
Mr. Raffaelo CervigniLead Environmental Economist, World Bank
Ms. Magda LoveiSector Manager, World Bank
Mr. Phil HayCommunications Manager, World Bank
Mr. Andrew RevkinSenior Fellow for Environmental Understanding, Pace University




The event is presented in collaboration with EcoAgriculture, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Forestry and Environmental Action.

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