17th June Observed as World Day to Combat Desertification [ Current Affairs ]

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Every year 17th June is being observed as the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) across the world to encourage public awareness associated to international cooperation to combat desertification and the properties of drought.

  • The theme of 2016 is “Inclusive cooperation for achieving Land Degradation Neutrality” which described importance of inclusive cooperation to return and rehabilitate degraded land.
  • It also promotes causative towards realizing the overall Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Slogan of 2016 is “Protect Earth. Restore Land. Engage People” which addresses the importance of inclusive cooperation and participation in working near achieving Land Degradation Neutrality.

Background

  • June 17 was declared as the World Day to Combat Desertification by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 1994.
  • For the first time it was observed in 1995.
  • The day is being celebrated worldwide to encourage public awareness of the issue, and the application of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in those countries facing serious desertification or drought, particularly in Africa.

About United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

  • The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in those Countries which are experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa (UNCCD) is a Convention to fight desertification and mitigate the properties of drought via national action sequencers that include long-term strategies maintained by international cooperation and partnership arrangements.
  • The only Convention stopping from a direct reference of the Rio Conference’s Agenda 21 was accepted in Paris, France on 17 June 1994 and come in force from December 1996.

- Published on: June 20, 2016