2010 World Day to Combat Desertification


The World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) is observed every year on 17 June. This year the Day's slogan is "Enhancing soils anywhere enhances life everywhere".

The year 2010 is the International Year dedicated to Biodiversity. To this end, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) aims to sensitize the public to the fact that desertification, land degradation and drought dramatically affect biodiversity resident in soil.

There is a close relationship between livelihood and ecosystem well-being, and soils that are rich in biodiversity. Healthy soils produce life, and yet soil health depends a lot on how individuals use their land. What we do to our soils determines the quality and quantity of the food we eat and how our ecosystems serve us. Our increasing ecological interdependence also means enhancing soils anywhere enhances life everywhere. The WDCD has been observed since 1995 General Assembly Resolution A/RES/49/1995 to promote public awareness relating to international cooperation to combat desertification and the effects of drought, and the implementation of the UNCCD.

We can celebrate WDCD through organizing activities such as seminars, media events and campaigns. Every single activity involving community participation and cooperation is encouraged! 

To request further information, such as WDCD messages from United Nations officials or press releases in additional languages, as well as past campaign, press or awareness raising materials, please contact secretariat@unccd.int .

WDCD Events around the world 2010

Message from the UNCCD Executive Secretary

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