World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 2024

Jun 19, 2024

Current Affair 1:


The global observance of the Desertification and Drought Day 2024 was hosted by the Government of Germany on 17 June in Bonn.

The global theme of this years' Desertification and Drought Day United for Land. Our Legacy. Our Future.

About United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD):

  1. The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) was established in 1994 to protect and restore our land and ensure a safer, just, and more sustainable future. 
  2. The UNCCD is the only legally binding framework set up to address desertification and the effects of drought.
  3. There are 197 Parties to the Convention, including 196 country Parties and the European Union.
  4. The Convention – based on the principles of participation, partnership and decentralization – is a multilateral commitment to mitigate the impact of land degradation, and protect our land so we can provide food, water, shelter and economic opportunity to all people. 
  5. The Convention unites governments, scientists, policymakers, the private sector and communities around a shared vision to restore and manage the world’s land.

The UNCCD 2018-2030 Strategic Framework is the most comprehensive global commitment to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN): It aims to restore the productivity of vast expanses of degraded land, improve the livelihoods of more than 1.3 billion people, and reduce the impacts of drought on vulnerable populations.

The UNCCD permanent secretariat is located in Bonn, Germany.

The COP has been meeting biennially since 2001, and has held 14 sessions. UNCCD COP15 was held from 9-20 May 2022 in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. The next UNCCD COP16 will take place 2-13 December 2024 in Saudi Arabia.

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