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Desertification and Drought Day 2024

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Today, the future of our land is on the line. We are degrading 100 million hectares of healthy and productive lands each year. Our soils—which take up to hundreds of years to form—are being depleted in a matter of minutes. 

The global theme of Desertification and Drought Day 2024, “United for land. Our Legacy. Our Future,” emphasizes the transformative power of sustainable land management as a key solution to today’s challenges – a blueprint to a better future on land for future generations. The theme is a clarion call to a recharged global acton on land restoration and drought resilience.

The global observance of the Desertification and Drought Day 2024 will be hosted by the Government of Germany, a signatory to the convention and one of its dedicated supporters. Together with the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the City of Bonn, that has been home to the UNCCD Secretariat since 1999, we will organize a series of public-facing events. A photo exhibition, educational programmes and musical performances, together with a  social media campaign launched ahead of the Day, will serve to ensure the global reach of this years' theme.

The global observance event at the Bundeskunsthalle on 17 June 2024, which will also mark the 30th anniversary of UNCCD, will bring together world leaders, youth and prominent personalities from academia, civil society, sports and entertainment to showcase a strong ambition to be united for land, ahead of the largest-ever UN conference on land and drought in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in December 2024 (UNCCD COP16). 


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