UN Observance: World Day to Combat Desertification, June 17

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Some 805 million people in the world lacked sufficient nutritious food between 2012 and 2014, which is about one in every eight people.

Logo WDCD 2015Desertification is a phenomenon that ranks among the greatest environmental challenges of our time. Yet most people haven’t heard of it or don’t understand it. Help combat this issue on Wednesday June 17, by joining the commemoration of the World Day to Combat Desertification.

The focus of this year’s celebration is “attainment of food security for all through sustainable food systems.”

With the slogan, ‘No such thing as a free lunch. Invest in healthy soil’, the 2015 observance calls for:

(1) A change in our land use practices through smart agriculture and adaptation to changing climate, especially in regions where food shortages are becoming more and more severe.

(2) Access to technology and land rights for small holder farmers who safeguard the environment and meet the food needs of millions of households;

(3) A balance in the land use for ecology and consumption, drawing on the best practices.

(4) More investments in sustainable land practices so that sustainable food systems become the normal practice.

(5) More effective action on desertification whose effects on security, peace and stability are invisible yet real for the affected countries due especially to food and water scarcity and environmentally forced migration.

Barren desert land with a single green tree in the middle
Barren desert land with a single green tree in the middle

Message of the UN Secretary-General: “Our lives and civilizations depend on the land.  Let us invest in healthy soils to secure our rights to food and freshwater”.

To find out more about this observance day and how to participate in commemoration days, please visit the official webpage at http://www.un.org/en/events/desertificationday/

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