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
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.