The Speaker of the Lok Sabha is the ex officio president of the Group. The Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha and the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha are the ex officio vice-presidents of the Group. The Secretary-General of the Lok Sabha acts as the ex officio Secretary-General of the Group.
Explanation: Established in 1994, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is the sole legally binding international agreement linking environment and development to sustainable land management. The Convention addresses specifically the arid, semiarid and dry sub-humid areas, known as the drylands, where some of the most vulnerable ecosystems and peoples can be found. The Convention is committed to bottom-up / Decentralized approach, encouraging the participation of local people in combating the desertification. Hence, statement 3 is correct. The secretariat helps in compiling information and reports, not in allocating finances and the south Asian region is not in focus. Hence, statement 2 is wrong Educational Objective: To know about UNCCD.
There are also non-reef- building species such as the "precious corals' of the Pacific Ocean and the 'red coral of the Mediterranean which may survive in the colder and even the deeper waters. As a rule, they thrive well only in the warmer tropical seas.