2017 World Day to Combat Desertification - #2017WDCD

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In just 15 years, the number of international migrants worldwide has risen from 173 million in 2000 to 244 million in 2015.[1] 

Environmental degradation, political instability, food insecurity and poverty are causes of migration and development challenges.

The 2017 World Day to Combat Desertification (#2017WDCD) will examine the important link between land degradation and migration.  

#2017WDCD will look at specific ways local communities can build resilience against current multi-fold development challenges through sustainable land management practices.  This day should remind everyone of land’s important role in producing food and generating local employment, as well as its ability to add to the sustainability, stability and security of desertification-affected places.

The global observance of #2017WDCD will be on 15 June in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The day will be hosted by le Ministère de l'Environnement, de l'Economie Verte et du Changement Climatique (MEEVCC).

Get involved and celebrate 2017 WDCD with us!

Go to the online campaign page

Social media tool kit

Further Resources

The UNCCD Secretariat will upload information materials to aid your celebration as they become available. 

For further information, contact: WDCD2017@unccd.int

Free #2017WDCD videos

Sub-titles in local languages can be added as required but must be consistent with the message in the film.

Inquiries should be sent to wwischnewski@unccd.int.

The visual contributions from countries are available from the 2017WDCD online campaign page.

The UNCCD Secretariat wants to promote your event!

Want the UNCCD Secretariat to promote your #2017WDCD celebration?

Send your event plans to WDCD2017@unccd.int .

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 .

Global observance in Burkina Faso

This year, the global observance was held on 15 June in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The event was hosted by the Ministry of Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change. Approximately 400 participants attended the event.

Go to the global observance page.

Events around the world 

Every year, the World Day to Combat Desertification is celebrated in many countries in the world. See how others celebrated the Day this year. 

Read about the 2017 WDCD events around the world

Send us your event report to WDCD2017@unccd.int and we will introduce your activities on this page. 

UNCCD Capacity Building Event: Panel discussion
Date: 16 June 
Place: UN Campus, Bonn, Germany

Concept note

For Media

Press release (16 June 2017) English   French   Spanish

Media advisory English  French Spanish

Press release (9 February 2017) English  French  Spanish


Media Coverage Around the World Summary

Printable materials

The products below are copy-right free. Contact WDCD2017@unccd.int if you would like to have the editable files for adding your own language.



Sticker in English  French  Spanish  Russian  Chinese  Arabic


Message from the UNCCD Executive Secretary   English   French   Spanish   

Message from the UNESCO Director-General       English   French   Spanish   Russian  Chinese  Arabic

Message from the WMO Secretary-General          English

Media reports

Media Coverage Around the World Summary

Inter Press Service (IPS)  IPS report 1 | IPS report 2 | IPS report 3 | Op-Ed by Monique Barbut | Video

Previous WDCD events

Go to the permanent World Day to Combat Desertification page



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