Kubuqi International Desert Forum
The Kubuqi International Desert Forum (KIDF) is the only large international forum in the world that is dedicated to promoting global desertification control and green economic development. Since its inception in 2007, this biennial forum has been held successfully on five occasions. At the eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) held in Namibia in September 2013, the KIDF created by China was recognized in the conference report as a major instrument and platform for achieving the strategic goals of the UNCCD. In February 2014, the Chinese Central Government approved the KIDF as a large national institutional forum for foreign affairs.
The KIDF is jointly organized by The People's Republic of China ministry of science and technology,The state forestry administration of the People's Republic of China and People's Government of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNE) and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat, with the support of the Chinese People's Institute Of Foreign Affairs and the China Science and Technology Association. It is co-hosted by the Municipal Government of Ordos and the Elion Foundation.
Offering a valuable opportunity for open exchanges on desertification control technologies and experience, as well as international cooperation, the Forum has become a globally recognized platform to exhibit China’s innovative technologies and models for desert economic development, demonstrating the prominent achievements China has made in promoting ecological progress with practicable philosophies. The Forum is also a manifestation of the strong commitment of China as a responsible power in mitigating climate change.
With extensive attention and support from the international community, the KIDF, in its last five sessions, received congratulatory video messages and letters for its outstanding achievements from the then UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, and were attended by senior Chinese political figures and high-level officials from both the governments and international organizations across the world.
The 7th Kubuqi International Desert Forum(KIDF) is scheduled from 26-28July，2019，at the Kubuqi International Desert Forum Center, Inner Mongolia, China.
Themed with “Greening the Belt and Road, Building the Ecological Civilization”, the forum focuses on issues causing major concern in the international community, including cooperation on desertification prevention in countries along the “Belt and Road”, climate change, poverty alleviation, innovation and development of green finance, and biodiversity and desertification control.
The forum is attended by over 400 high-level officials from both governments and international organizations, as well as domestic and international scientists, business leaders, successful entrepreneurs, economists and media representatives.