As part of its campaign to tackle global environmental deterioration in particular by combatting the degradation of drylands -- which cover up to one quarter of the world's surface -- the United Nations General Assembly has designated 17 June as "World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought". Celebrated world-wide, this day marks the anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. 17 June 2000 is the 6th World Day to Combat Desertification to be celebrated.
Assignment of the Desertification Press Award in Bonn, Germany:
The International Media Award of 5,000 USD for excellence in reporting on "Desertification : a global threat" was assigned on the occasion of 17 June. Mr. Raphael Mweninguwe, journalist of the newspaper "The Nation", Malawi, is the winner of the prize, cosponsored by the Secretariat of the UNCCD, the City of Bonn and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). An international jury deemed his reportage particularly effective in promoting public awareness of the problem in his country.