Sand and Dust Storms


Sand and dust storms present a formidable and wide-spread challenge to achieving sustainable development in its economic, social and environmental dimensions. They have become a serious global concern in recent decades due to their significant impacts on the environment, health, agriculture, livelihoods, and socio-economic well-being. Sand and dust storms are an essential element of the Earth’s natural bio chemical cycles but are also caused in part by human-induced drivers including climate change, unsustainable land management, and water use, and in turn sand and dust storms contribute to climate change and air pollution. Sand and dust storms’ impacts are felt in all regions of the world, both in developed and developing countries, and pose severe challenges to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, including SDGs 2, 3, 6, 8, 11, 13, and 15 in affected developing countries (see General Assembly resolution 70/1).

Establishment of the Sand and Dust Storm (SDS) Coalition 

The 24th Senior Officials Meeting of the EMG in 2018 led to the formation of a Coalition to Combat Sand and Dust Storms. This was in response to UN General Assembly Resolution 72/225 (2018) and the preceding UN Environment Assembly Resolution 2/21 (2016). The Coalition is made up of nominated UN agency Focal Points.

Issue Note on Combating Sand and Dust Storms

First Meeting of the SDS Coalition

The first meeting was held on February 14, 2019, by teleconference. This meeting considered a concept note which later on was transformed into a Terms of Reference for the Coalition. 

        Meeting Summary

Second Meeting of the SDS Coalition

The second meeting of the SDS Coalition will be held in the margins of the UNCCD COP14 on 5-6 September 2019 in New Delhi, India.

The Meeting will be composed of two segments:

1. An informal technical segment (5 September)


         Background Note

         SDS Coalition Terms of Reference

         SDS App Terms of Reference

2. A formal segment to launch the Coalition during the SDS day (see Notification and Concept Note) on 6 September 2019


         Background Note