To mark the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, the United Nations and the European Commission present:
15 June – 7pm (CET)
Restoring Africa’s Land
Imagine if we could restore a piece of land 3 times the size of the Great Barrier Reef! The African-led initiative referred to as the Great Green Wall, is growing an 8,000km natural ‘wonder of the world ‘ across the entire width of Africa. Discover how this project is providing a future for over 60 million people in the region.
After a short introduction from Veronika Hunt Safrankova, Head of Brussels Office, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Camilla Nordheim-Larsen, Senior Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Coordinator at UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and Producer of the film, we will have a discussion and Q&A with the speakers below:
- Elvis Tangem – Coordinator of The Great Green Wall Initiative for the Sahara and Sahel, African Union
- Sandra Kramer – European Commission, Director Africa, Department of International Partnerships (DG INTPA)
- Nora Berrahmouni – Senior forestry officer for Africa at the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
- Deborah Seward (moderator) – Director of the UN Regional Information Centre (UNRIC)
How to Participate
The event involves an online screening of the award-winning film #GreatGreenWall, followed by a panel discussion.
Step 1: Register for the event before 15 June by clicking here:
Once you have registered, you will automatically receive a Zoom link.
Step 2: At 7pm (CET) on 15 June, click on the Zoom link to join the event.
We will share the link to the film on the night.
After watching the film, join us for the discussion.
The Great Green Wall provides a refreshing story of resilience, optimism and collective action. As Inna Modja passionately pursues an African Dream for a generation seeking to control their own destiny, she reminds us of the enormity of the task ahead and that time is not on our side. The resulting journey of hope, hardship and perseverance reveals our shared human condition, reflecting a deeper moral and existential question we all must confront: “Will we take action before it’s too late?”