17 June: World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought was across the world on June 17, 2018 to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification.
2018 Theme: Land has true value – invest in it.
The theme of 2018 World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought was Land has true value – invest in it.
The theme urges everyone to move away from unsustainable land use and make a difference by investing in the future of land in following ways:
Gender Action Plan of UNCCD
• The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) recently launched the Gender Action Plan (GAP) to support and enhance gender-responsive policy needs.
• The Gender Action Plan (GAP) aims to enhance the participation of women at all levels of decision-making including in the field of drought management as well as sand and dust storms and land degradation neutrality interventions to reach gender parity by 2030.
• This plan represents a landmark opportunity to transform gender equality and human rights into action.
Desertification and the Sustainable Development Goals
The Goal 15 of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development states the need to halt and reverse land degradation.
It declares that “we are determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations”.
When was the Day proclaimed?
In 1994, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 17 as the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought through its resolution to promote public awareness and to implement 'United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification' in countries experiencing serious drought.
What: Observed globally