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Dr Irina Bokova, Director-General, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization,

​celebrates the 20th anniversary of UNCCD and emphasizes the importance of specialized human resources.

“Our efforts must be as inclusive as possible, involving scientists, teachers and policy makers as well as most importantly, dryland dwellers themselves, whose experience and knowledge we must support... We must act now!” She draws attention to UNESCO’s initiatives on water.

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