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United Nations Environment Program, Executive Director Achim Steiner’s 

message on the World Day to Combat Desertification urges the international community to further strengthen their future efforts to address the health of the land.

​“The World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) is a moment in which we both, look back at the past 20 years - the efforts of the international community to greater focus on the issues to desertification issues, land degradation and drought - and to recognize that many of the most vulnerable communities on our planet today live precisely in those areas threatened by these phenomena.”

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