World Day to Combat Desertification

17 June Observance: Our Land. Our Home. Our Future.

The number of international migrants worldwide has continued to grow rapidly over the past fifteen years – reaching 244 million in 2015, up from 222 million in 2010 and 173 million in 2000.[1] Behind these numbers is the links between migration and development challenges, in particular, the consequences of environmental degradation, political instability, food insecurity and poverty.

The 2017 World Day to Combat Desertification (#2017WDCD) will look closely the important link between migration and land degradation by addressing how local communities could build the resilience against existing multi-fold development challenges through combating desertification and land degradation. It will be the Day to remind everyone of the importance of productive land for securing food, generating local employment and contributing to the sustainability and stability, security of desertification-affected places.

The global observance of the 2017 WDCD will be scheduled in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on 15 June, hosted by le Ministère de l'Environnement, de l'Economie Verte et du Changement Climatique (MEEVCC).

Please send your plan for the WDCD celebration by email WDCD2017@unccd.int Your plan will be shared and promoted through various media channels.

We will upload information materials to aid your celebration as they become available. 

For further information, contact: WDCD2017@unccd.int

Burkina Faso: 20 000 trees are panted to create living hedges.jpg

Burkina Faso: 20 000 trees are planted to create living hedges

Chad: Young members of the Association of Volunteers for the Protection of the Environment distribute and help to plant 1500 seedlings for reforestation

Chad: Young members of the Association of Volunteers for the Protection of the Environment distribute and help to plant 1500 seedlings for reforestation

Iran: Ashti cycling association celebrates WDCD in the district of Kurdistan to raise awareness on conservation of nature

Iran: Ashti cycling association celebrates WDCD in the district of Kurdistan to raise awareness on conservation of nature

Kuwait celebrates WDCD

Kuwait celebrates WDCD

Pakistan: WDCD rally and tree planting at Nagarparkar town of Tharparkar district

Pakistan: WDCD rally and tree planting at Nagarparkar town of Tharparkar district

Senegal: WDCD Ministerial speech

Senegal: WDCD Ministerial speech

Vietnam: Delegates of the WDCD meeting plant 2 000 trees at Dien Bien Dong district, Dien Bien province to promote sustainable land management practices

Vietnam: Delegates of the WDCD meeting plant 2 000 trees at Dien Bien Dong district, Dien Bien province to promote sustainable land management practices


[1] International migration report (2015)