Global Mechanism of the UNCCD


Organizational profile: The Global Mechanism (GM) was established under Article 21 of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) to assist countries in the mobilization of financial resources to implement the Convention and address desertification, land degradation and drought.  

The GM works with country Parties to the UNCCD and a broad variety of international and regional partner institutions to enhance their understanding of new financing modalities, and make sustainable land management a priority in the country’s domestic budget allocations. The Global Mechanism offers strategic advisory services to developing countries on how to increase investments in sustainable land management. And, the GM works with the private sector and donors to mobilize substantial resources for the implementation of UNCCD.

Financing Instruments:  
Services currently being provided by the Global Mechanism include: 
1.    Technical backstopping, by providing tailored support in the early stages of project preparation for the large scale transformative projects or programmes addressing desertification, land degradation, drought, land tenure, land governance and other land-based issues, with a focus on encouraging gender responsiveness. This support provided is done in close cooperation with implementing partners, and these concept notes are expected to be further developed into complete project proposals. 
2.    Limited financial support to mobilize the required expertise to support the development of project concept notes and full project proposals, including feasibility studies where needed.

Project scale: Both national and regional/multi-country projects

Recipient countries regions/country groups: Global

Recipient categories: governments

Eligibility Criteria: UNCCD country Parties. Ideally, but not limited to, country Parties that have already set their Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) targets and validated their National Drought Plans.

Application guidelines: Interested country Parties should send an official request for support to the GM of the UNCCD. Please reach out to  

Publication Date
Sunday, 02 January 2022
Applicable location
Sustainable land use
Forest landscape restoration
Financing opportunities