United Nations resolution promotes pastoralism
In May 2016, the second meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA2) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) adopted Resolution L.24 “Combating desertification, land degradation and drought and promoting sustainable pastoralism and rangelands“. Among other things, it urges Member States to increase investment in the pastoral livestock sector, including for sustainable land management, improved and/or restored ecosystems, access to markets, livestock health and breeding, and enhanced extension services, in order to improve productivity, help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and maintain and enhance biodiversity. It encourages intergovernmental bodies to support joint and cross-border development programmes for neighbouring pastoralist and other communities in order to increase the level of mutual trust and confidence, as well as to mitigate conflicts; and it calls upon UNEP to contribute to raising global awareness of sustainable pastoralism and rangelands.
The resolution has been translated into all six UN languages. Here is a list of the communications that came out of the UNEA2 side event on promoting pastoralism and combating desertification: