World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

Date: June 17

Organized By: UN

Categories: General Knowledge, Day-Week-Year-Importance

Suggested For: Civil Services Exam, Bank Exams, MBA Exams, UPSC Exams, SSC Exams

Desertification - Drought


Every year June 17 is observed as the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. This observation is conducted to highlight ways to prevent desertification and recover from drought.

In January 30, 1995 United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution to observe every year June 17 as World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought.


2017: Our land. Our home. Our Future

2016: Inclusive cooperation for achieving Land degradation Neutrality. Slogan: Protect Earth. Restore Land. Engage People.

2015: Attainment of food security for all through sustainable food systems

2014: Ecosystem-based adaptation. Slogan: Land Belongs to the Future, Let’s Climate Proof It

2013: Drought and water scarcity

2012: Healthy soil sustains your life: Let’s go land-degradation neutral

2011: Forests keep drylands working

2010: Enhancing soils anywhere enhances life everywhere

2009: Conserving land and energy = Securing our common future

2008: Combating land degradation for sustainable agriculture

2007: Desertification and Climate Change – One Global Challenge

2006: The Beauty of Deserts – The Challenge of Desertification

2005: Women and Desertification

2004: Social Dimensions of Desertification: Migration and Poverty

2003: International Year of Deserts and Desertification (IYDD)

Actions and Programs

Many programs are conducted around the world to spread the message of the observance. This include the forums and discussions about the issue, distribution of materials like calendars, posters, brochures, notices, etc. to raise awareness, seminars and competitions, etc.


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