17 June: World Day to Combat Desertification
World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) was observed across the world on 17 June 2014. Theme for 2014 WDCD was Land Belongs to the Future - Let’s Climate Proof It.
The theme highlights that the benefits of the mainstreaming sustainable land management policies and practices into our collective response to climate change.
Objectives of the 2014 WDCD are
The 2014 WCDC campaign was kicked off on 3 March in Lesotho the day of African Environment Day – Wangari Maathai Day. It is also a combination of observance of UN Decade for Desert and Fight against Desertification (2010-2020).
The day in context of India
Prakash Javadekar, the Union Environment and Forests Minister on the occasion said that the Ministry will start a mission to stop desertification of land. According to him, the Mission Degradation Neutral will be taken in cooperation with Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Land Reforms and other concerned Ministries.
About World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD)
The World Day to Combat Desertification is being observed since 1995. Its purpose is to promote public awareness in relation to international cooperation to combat desertification and the effects of drought.
The United Nations General Assembly in 1994 with its Resolution A/RES/49/115 declared World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought to promote public awareness of the issue and implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in those countries experiencing serious drought and/or desertification, particularly in Africa.
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