Rio Conventions: Joint Liaison Group (JLG)

The Joint Liaison Group (JLG) between the secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was established with the aim of enhancing coordination between the three conventions including cooperation concerning the links between climate change, biodiversity and desertification. All three secretariats currently collaborate through information sharing and outreach, including the development of common messages. Further collaboration focuses on ensuring that Parties are kept informed of relevant initiatives in other conventions.

Convention on Biological Diversity

The Convention on Biological Diversity is an international treaty for the conservation of biodiversity, the sustainable use of the components of biodiversity and the equitable sharing of the benefits derived from the use of genetic resources. With 196 Parties so far, the Convention has near universal participation among countries. The Convention seeks to address all threats to biodiversity and eco

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United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

Desertification, along with climate change and the loss of biodiversity, were identified as the greatest challenges to sustainable development during the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. Established in 1994, UNCCD is the sole legally binding international agreement linking environment and development to sustainable land management. The Convention addresses specifically the arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid

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United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

With 197 Parties, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has near universal membership and is the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol has been ratified by 192 of the UNFCCC Parties.

The ultimate objective of both treaties is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human inte

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