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China joins action on desertification
September 18,2017   By:China Daily
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September 18, 2017 -- Guests of the 13th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification talk beside a flower bed in Ordos, Inner Mongolia autonomous region. The session concluded in the city on Friday. (ZOU HONG/CHINA DAILY)

September 18, 2017 -- China will join hands with countries taking part in the Belt and Road Initiative to fight against desertification, further strengthen technological cooperation and promote exchanges to boost green economies in the region.
 
A mechanism for cooperation was launched during the 13th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, which ended on Friday in Ordos in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region.
 
China will work with countries including Pakistan, India and Saudi Arabia to explore an effective long-term mechanism, according to Pan Yingzhen, director of the Desertification Control Bureau under the State Forestry Administration.
 
Pan said that a group of international organizations will also be invited to engage with or support the mechanism, including the UNCCD Secretariat and United Nations Environment Programme.
 
Zhang Jianlong, director of the administration, said the mechanism will help members cooperate on financing, sharing information, professional training and learning from each other's projects.
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