Luc Gnacadja is the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). Since becoming Executive Secretary of the UNCCD in October 2007, Mr. Gnacadja has dedicated himself to mobilizing political will for the fight against desertification, land degradation and to mitigate the effects of drought. As a passionate advocate for land and soil, he is calling for a goal of sustainable land use for all and by all along with a target of Zero Net Land Degradation, to secure the continuing availability of healthy and productive land for present and future generations. Before taking up his current position, Mr. Gnacadja served as Minister of Environment, Housing and Urban Development of Benin between 1999 and 2005. He led national level initiatives to initiate and build synergies between the Rio Conventions - in conjunction with the National Commission on Sustainable Development.