17 June: World Day to Combat Desertification

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The World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) is observed every year to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification.  The day is a unique moment to remind everyone that land degradation neutrality (LDN) is achievable through problem solving, strong community involvement and co-operation at all levels.

To promote public awareness of land degradation and to draw attention to the implementation of the UNCCD in countries experiencing serious drought and/or desertification, particularly in Africa, the United Nations General Assembly declared 17 June to be "World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought" (WDCD) in 1994. Since this decision, WDCD has been celebrated on 17 June each year. Many invested organizations celebrate and observe WDCD by organizing a large variety of outreach activities and awareness raising events.

To further increase the impact of WDCD, the UNCCD Secretariat invites Country Parties to the Convention, United Nation’s organizations, civil society organizations, international and non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders to draw attention to land issues and educate the public about effective methods of achieving LDN on 17 June each year.

3 minute trailer: The rediscovery of humanity - ecosystem restoration and migration

 

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

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

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

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Kuwait celebrates WDCD

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

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Senegal: WDCD Ministerial speech

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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)