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The Bonn Challenge is a global movement launched on September 2, 2011 at a ministerial conference in Bonn to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested land by 2020. The Bonn Challenge calls on countries and other actors to accomplish this as a way to meet several existing international developments, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity Target 15, the REDD+ agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the Millennium Development Goals. At the meeting, Göran Persson, former Prime Minister of Sweden, proposed the creation of a Global Restoration Council, facilitated by WRI and IUCN, to spur the movement. Currently, the 50 million hectare milestone is within reach through commitments and pledges that have been made. WRI’s project “Inspire, Support, and Mobilize Forest and Landscape Restoration” would add an additional 10 million hectares to this total.

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