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17 June: World Day to Combat Desertification

Established in 1995 by the UN General Assembly, World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought has been celebrated for 23 years now to raise awareness on the global and national actions that address desertification, land degradation and drought.

With this year's slogan "Land has true value - invest in it.", it reminds us that we often use land as if it were a limitless resource, ignoring its role in our everyday lives. This negligence threatens food and water supply, biodiversity and even human security itself.

Every one of us has a role to play in turning land degradation into land restoration, there are many ways to invest in land wisely and contribute to better livelihoods. You are invited to read more about WDCD 2018 and its message on UNCCD's website: here and here.