- The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought (WDCD) is observed on 17th June. The theme for 2019 is “Let’s grow the future together”. Global observance of WDCD is being hosted by the government of Turkey in Ankara.
- World Day to Combat Desertification 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). UNCCD is the sole legally binding international agreement linking environment and development to sustainable land management
- The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is observed every year since 1995. In 1994, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 17 the “World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought”.
- The day aims to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification. It seeks to remind people that land degradation neutrality is achievable through problem-solving, strong community involvement and co-operation at all levels.
- Desertification is the degradation of land in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas. It is caused primarily by human activities and climatic variations. According to UNCCD, by 2045 some 135 million people may be displaced as a result of desertification.
- Goal 15 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) calls for sustainable management of forests, combating desertification, halting and reversing land degradation, halting biodiversity loss.
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