2020 Events around the world

When it comes to protecting our land resources, everyone is concerned. We would love to hear about your plans for Desertification and Drought Day on 17 June: please add your event to the interactive map below or send us an email DDD2020@unccd.int so we can share your on our website and social media to inspire people around the world to take action and prevent, halt and reverse desertification land degradation worldwide. Learn more about Desertification and Drought Day 2020 and its theme "Food.Feed.Fibre: Sustainable production and consumption."

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Desertification and Drought Day 2020

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A l’occasion de la célébration de la Journée de lutte contre la Désertification et la Sécheresse, dont le slogan est « Aliments. Fourrage. Fibres. », « الغذاء. الأعلاف. الألياف », et qui vise à sensibiliser les individus sur la manière de réduire leur empreinte écologique, le Ministère de l’Agriculture et du Développement Rural de la République Algérienne Démocratique et Populaire, organise, à l’échelle nationale au niveau des 48 wilayas diverses activités en collaboration avec les différentes structures socio-éducatives et autres partenaires locaux, à travers des expositions, des conférences, des tables rondes et des concours de dessins axée sur le changement des comportements vis-à-vis des principaux facteurs de désertification et de dégradation des terres: la production et la consommation croissantes et excessives de la population à l’échelle planétaire, ainsi que sur la problématique de désertification, de dégradation des terres et la migration des populations à la recherche de meilleures conditions, et sur la stratégie nationale à mener en vue d’assurer la neutralité de dégradation des terres, qui ne peut être atteinte sans impliquer tous les acteurs concernés notamment les investisseurs.

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The association for sustainable development is continuing its project for the conservation of threatened species in the forest of Nialama in Linsan (Lélouma). About six forest nurseries of nearly ten thousand plants are already installed and maintained by the communities under the supervision of our field agents and paralellement AGEDD supports the market groups of the six targeted villages. It should be remembered that the NGO AGEDD will promote the conservation of threatened forest species used by chimpanzees for their habitat or food. More details can be found on the project website: www.agedd.org

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UCN is planning to \support UNCCD in observing the Desertification and Drought Day, on 17 June with key messages on sustainable agriculture and land health. The IUCN website will feature a blog article and a web story, as well as a video from our Director General, Grethel Aguilar. The day will also be promoted in IUCN regional newsletters and through social media channels.


An NGO provides training to  young farmers on climate change and new methods of farming to combat desertification and river bank erosion, saving agricultural land from turning into desert.



As part of the national observance, several activities will be organized including an opening ceremony, articles and interviews in major new papers and mainstream media and on social media. A video greeting will be submitted as part of the UNCCD virtual event, and the full event will be posted on the ministry's website. 




Finland will organize a a seminar on June 11 to celebrate the Desertification and Drought Day. The event will be organized by Vikki Tropical Resource Institute (VITRI), Helsinki University and Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. UNCCD Land Ambassador and former President of Finland Tarja Halonen will be on the Panel and the President of Helsinki University will give an opening speech. The event will be moderated by professor Markku Kanninen from VITRI. 


Zoom webinar Borghi Ideali di Sicilia, in occasione della Giornata Mondiale per la Lotta alla Desertificazione e alla SiccitàFrom Palazzo Landro Scalisi of the Municipality of Floresta, the highest municipality in Sicily, the Desertification and Drought Day is celebrated as a long-standing tradition. Floresta village is a symbol of getting desertification risk under control in a desertification-prone region. The initiative is supported by the Municipality of Floresta, by the Regional Park of the Nebrodi Mountains, by the Metropolitan City of Messina and by the Association of Environmental Education Center (CEA) Messina Onlus and by the IRSSAT, as well as various public agencies, professional associations and NGOs. 

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In line with this year's theme "Food.Feed.Fibre: sustainable production and consumption" FAO is organizing an expert meeting "Voluntary guidelines on the responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forest in the context of national food security" to highlight the importance of responsible land governance as a fundamental component of sustainable land management and for achieving sustainable production and consumption.


25 volunteers have joined the first seminar in the desertification series organized by UNCCD Regional Liaison Office for Northern Mediterranean. Seminars will take place in Istanbul every Friday until the end of June to inform participants on the work of UNCCD, desertification, drought, climate change, LDN and project writing.