World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

 

Poster for World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 2006In 1994, the United Nations General Assembly declared 17 June the "World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought". Ever since, country Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), non-governmental organizations and other interested stakeholders celebrate this particular day with a series of outreach activities, worldwide.

 

Kuwait - stamp World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 2004The Day is part of an international campaign by the United Nations to tackle global environmental deterioration, in particular the degradation of drylands. The day marks the anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

 

17 June constitutes a unique occasion to remind everybody that desertification can be effectively tackled, that solutions are possible, and that key tools to this aim lay in strengthened community participation and co-operation at all levels.

 

Country Parties and civil society organizations are invited to organize events to celebrate the World Day to Combat Desertification as an additional opportunity to increase awareness raising and participation in the process.

 

Themes for the World Day:

 

2002   Land degradation

2003   Water Resources Management and Desertification

2004   One Decade of Combat - 10th World Day to Combat Desertification

2005   Women and Desertification

2006   The Beauty of Deserts - the Challenge of Desertification

2007   Desertification and climate change - one global challenge

2008   Combating land degradation for sustainable agriculture

2009   Conserving land and water = Securing our common future

 

 

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General Assembly Resolution 49/115 of 19 December 1994 declaring the World Day.

 

 

Stamp catalogue - 2000

 

Niger                            17 June 2000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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last revised: 5 July 2009