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Planning an event on 17 June? We'd love to feature it on our website! Please fill out this form or send us a short one-paragraph description, together with the event photo or a flyer, using this address: communicationsatunccd [dot] int (communications(at)unccd.int). We look forward to hearing from you!

The global observance event on 17 June will be hosted by Germany and will be accessible to online audiences via a livestream.

Annex I: Africa
Cameroon, 2024-06-12
Capacity-building initiative - organized by Youth Action for Sustainable Development (YASUD)

Yagoua in the north of Cameroon is organizing a DDD2024 event in partnership with the Youth Action for Sustainable Development. The  2-day programme includes capacity-building for stakeholders on the Sustainable Development Goals in relation to environmental conservation, on good practice in sustainable land management and combating desertification, and on land restoration using non-timber forest tree species.

Cape Verde, 2024-06-14
30th anniversary of UNCCD event - organized by Associação para a Defesa do Ambiente e Desenvolvimento (ADAD)

Under the High Patronage of the President of Cape Verde, an event will be organized to celebrate the 30th anniversary of UNCCD with a large-scale tree-planting campaign that will continue until December 2024

Kenya, 2024-06-17
Tree-planting and awareness-raising campaign - organized by National Environment Management Authority

The event in Dol Dol in Laikipia County will see over 120,000 tree seedlings will be planted on over 400 acres as part of the program through whichKenya Airways Authority(KAA and other government agencies) have adopted degraded areas and mobilized resources to restore them. Other planned events include land restoration awareness activities, distribution of water harvesting equipment, donation of-high yielding drought tolerant livestock (such as goats)  entertainment and keynote speeches by government representatives.  

 

Madagascar, ANTANANARIVO, 2024-01-26
Reforestation campaign - organized by VIVA Télévision & Radio

In january and february, all the employees of the firm contributed to the reforestation in Imerintsiatosika and Ambohimanambola (Antananarivo). And as Radio Presenter, I often raise awareness about the environment and ecology during live radio broadcasts. Hely Ony Tsirahonana, Radio Presenter, VIVA Madagascar 98.8FM 

Nigeria, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, 2024-06-17
Combating desertification: Sustainable practices and iInnovative solutions - organized by The Zoba Advisory

This webinar to empower youth to address one of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time by fostering knowledge, innovation and collaboration for a more sustainable and resilient future. See event flyer for details.

More information: Event website, Event Flyer
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Tunisia, Online Event, 2024-06-12
Online event: Study on Land Degradation Neutrality in Tunisia / Événement en ligne: Étude sur la neutralité en matière de dégradation des terres en Tunisie - organized by GIZ, Global Programme Soil Protection and Rehabilitation for Food Security

GIZ experts and national partners will present the costs of inaction versus the economic benefits of sustainable land management that promotes resilient, economically viable rain-fed agriculture.
Join us at 10 am CEST
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Les experts de la GIZ et les partenaires nationaux présenteront les coûts de l'inaction par rapport aux avantages économiques d'une gestion durable des terres qui favorise une agriculture pluviale résiliente et économiquement viable. Rejoignez-nous à 10h CEST!

More information: Event website, PDF
Annex II: Asia
China, Chongqing, 2024-06-17
Optimization of drought resilience - organized by NeWay Envirotech

Join us for an insightful discussion on "TreePampers," a groundbreaking initiative dedicated to land restoration and environmental sustainability. We will explore how it contributes to combating desertification, enhancing drought resilience and promoting ecobalance. Discover the innovative approaches and community-driven efforts that make TreePampers a pivotal player in restoring our planet's health and securing a sustainable future. Engage with experts, learn about practical solutions and find out how you can get involved. 

More information: PDF
India, Chennai, 2024-04-17
Oasis of Hope: Combating Desertification and Drought - organized by Sustainable Development Council

The event under the theme of Desertification and Drought Day 2024 "United for land. Our Legacy. Our Future." will feature engaging discussions and interactive sessions on the transformative potential of sustainable land management as a cornerstone solution to the pressing issues of desertification and drought and explore how adopting sustainable practices can help create a world where the land is thriving and communities are resilient.

 

More information: Event website, Event Flyer
India, Hyderabad , 2024-06-17
Desertification and Drought Day 2024 - organized by SHHFI & SRICASW

Starting at 06:00 PM, participation is free via zoom : https://us06web.zoom.us/j/9705503767?pwd=Q1VKVGJOUG4vN1Y0MmNMQllKSk8wUT09 , Zoom Meeting ID: 970 550 3767 , Passcode: 2022. Coordinator & Moderator : Dr. Ravindra +919705503767

More information: Event website
Myanmar, 2024-05-17
An online campaign #UNited4Land - organized by The Environment Health and Safety Myanmar- EHS Myanmar

An online campaign about land use and desertification will encourage the audience to share their opinions on combating desertification, their participation will be acknowledged via an e-certification and the content shared on the organization's webpage.

Myanmar, Naypyidaw, 2024-06-17
Desertification and Drought Day 2024 - organized by Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation

The event to mark the day will draw high-level presence and include poster displays, essay competition and a tree planting campaign.

Myanmar, Magway, 2024-06-17

Myanmar will honor the day with poster displays, essay competitions and tree planting campaigns.

 

 

More information: Event website
Pakistan, Lahore, 2024-05-22
Dryland dynamics: Exploring desertification status in the drylands of South Punjab, Pakistan - organized by DesertNet International

A webinar at the DesertNet online academy

More information: Event website
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Philippines, 2024-06-13

As part of the annual observance of June as soil conservation month and aligned with Desertification and Drought Day, the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Soils and Water Management (DA-BSWM) will be conducting an annual tree planting activity in Tanay, Rizal, Philippines.

 

Philippines, 2024-06-25
UNCCD reporting process national stakeholders consultation workshop - organized by Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Soils and Water Management (DA-BSWM)

The national stakeholders consultation workshop will take place in Quezon City, Philippines with national government agencies, academia, civil society organizations and other key stakeholders to present the results of island-wide stakeholders consultation workshops and ground validation activity, as well as to gather further inputs for the refinement of the UNCCD national reporting on land degradation trends and facilitate the draft national soil conservation roadmap.

 

Sri Lanka, Battaramulla, 2024-06-14
Awareness-raising programme - organized by Ministry of Environment

The programme will highlight ways to overcome barriers in decision-making, planning and implementation of sustainable land management and drought management approaches through community engagement and collaboration across government sectors. Discussion on inclusive planning and effective women-led solutions in drought preparedness will be followed by a street drama team performance to convey the significance of the day and its key messages.

Uzbekistan, 2024-04-18
Aral Sea eco-race - organized by ProRun

Prorun will host an Aral Sea Eco Race in Moynaq, Karakalpakstan, with a total distance of two kilometers ahead of the Desertification and Drought Day. 100 participants will run one km to the location of a tree planting, plant a tree, and then return. At the finish line, each participant will receive a medal in the form of a symbolic tree for partaking in the restoration project. Prorun practices ‘plogging’ races, during which participants collect rubbish along their route.

Annex III: Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)
Guatemala, 2024-06-26
Evento en Conmemoración del Día Mundial de Lucha Contra la Desertificación - organized by Ministerio de Ambiente y Recursos Naturales

Guatemala will hold an event focusing on this year's slogan "United for the Lands: Our Legacy, Our Future." to showcase actions across the nation that link sustainable development with integrated land management.

Guatemala, Guatemala, departamento de Zacapa, 2024-06-26
Taller en Conmemoración del día Mundial de Lucha Contra la Desertificación y sequía, Guatemala 2024 - organized by Ministerio de Ambiente y Recursos Naturales

Durante este evento, se presentarán diversas experiencias que subrayan la crucial relación entre el desarrollo sostenible y la gestión integrada del suelo en Guatemala, además de promover conciencia por el cuidado y protección de la tierra. Con el apoyo de la Alianza Bioversity & CIAT, en el marco del proyecto "Poniendo los Ecosistemas en el Centro de la Adaptación" a través del enfoque TeSAC, financiado por el Fondo Mundial de Adaptación Basado en Ecosistemas.

Annex IV: Northern Mediterranean
Italy, messina, 2024-06-17
Annullo filatelico - Giornata mondiale della desertificazione e siccità - organized by AssoCEA Messina APS

Un evento nazionale promosso da FIDAF e SIGEA-APS, a Messina  anche l'Annullo Filatelico e la cartolina celebrativa – che sarà consegnata simbolicamente al Sindaco della Città di Messina Federico Basile – dalle ore 12:00 alle ore 18:00 nella prestigiosa sede del Comune di Messina nel Salone delle Bandiere potete ritirare la cartolina celebrativa ed usufruire del servizio di annullo filatelico di Poste Italiane. L'Evento gode dell'Alto Patrocinio del Focal Point Mondiale UNCCD e dell'Assessore Regionale del Territorio e dell'Ambiente on.le Elena Pagana. 

More information: Event website, Event Flyer
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Annex V: Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)
Moldova; Republic of, Chisinau, 2024-04-20
Interregional meeting on drought and land degradation neutrality - organized by UNCCD and FAO Moldova

The Interregional Meeting on Drought and Land Degradation Neutrality for Central and Eastern Europe, Northern Mediterranean and Central Asia will be an integral part of the celebration of global observance of UNCCD 30th anniversary and the Desertification and Drought Day 2024. To strengthen countries’ capacities through knowledge-sharing and best practices on land-related issues and sustainable drought and land management, the intraregional online platform of communities of learning and practice (CLP) on drought resilience will be launched during the event: https://droughtclp.unccd.int/es/clp/ceenm/about. The zoom link for attendees (with English-Russian interpretation): https://shorturl.at/K0249  

 

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Russian Federation, Orenburg, 2024-04-29
10th International Symposium “Steppes of Northern Eurasia’’ - organized by UNCCD regional annex V

Russian Federation, Orenburg2024-04-29

The event takes place on 27-31 May 2024 in Orenburg, Russia, at the crossroad of two continents – Europe and Asia, featuring a round table on combatting desertification, land degradation and drought, bringing together over 50 experts from Russia, Central Asia and other countries. http://steppeforum.ru/

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Non-annex countries
Belgium, Brussels, 2024-06-17
Desertification and Drought Day 2024 - organized by European Council

In the framework of the Belgian presidency of the Council of the European Union, a screening of a documentary related to land restoration in Burkina Faso followed by a panel discussion with representatives of Belgian NGOs Enabel and the DG Intpa as well as the European Commission will take place in Brussels.

 

Belgium, Brussels, 2024-06-17
Observance event hosted by the Belgian Presidency of the EU and the European Commission - organized by Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission INTPA INFOPOINT

As the European Union is a key actor in the global fight against desertification, the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union are co-hosting an event, together with the European Commission (DG INTPA) that will feature an exclusive screening of the documentary ‘Le Périmètre de Kamséabout community-led efforts against desertification in Burkina Faso, followed by a panel discussion of the the work of NGOs Humundi and CARI as well as land restoration and community resilience programmes supported by the organizers. More info

 

More information: Event website, PDF
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Canada, Winnipeg, 2024-06-17
Roots of resilience: Community and ecosystem restoration - organized by O'KANATA

O'KANATA, in collaboration with local Indigenous communities and environmental organizations, will host Roots of resilience, a community-driven event focused on land restoration and awareness about desertification and drought. This event will commemorate Desertification and Drought Day 2024, aligning with global efforts to highlight the importance of proactive land management and sustainable practices. Details in the flyer.

More information: Event Flyer
France, Paris, 2024-06-17
Water can't wait - organized by XCSS - cross country sand skiing

As part of our 3rd QAZAQSTAN 2024 series, the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University will join us on ZOOM to present its sientific findings on climate issues, water resources and sustainable development in Kazakhstan and Central Asia. This is a hybrid event, for in-person attendance at Maison des ESSEC 11 avenue de Friedland, 75008 PARIS from 13:00 – 16:00 please contact :xcss [dot] climateatgmail [dot] com (xcss[dot]climate[at]gmail[dot]com)

More information: PDF
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Germany, Bonn, 2024-05-11

The City of Bonn is inviting technical departments of Bonn-based organizations to present land-related work. The German federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) uses this opportunity with support of GIZ to showcase the German commitment to strengthen intergenerational justice in land matters. Stopping land degradation and increasing the resilience to drought are our shared responsibility now for a future worth living. 

More information: Event website
Germany, Bonn, 2024-05-25

Open Day showcasing Bonn-based organizations takes place in Villa Hammerschmidt, BMZ premisses and at the UN Campus Bonn. BMZ with support of GIZ will present the German commitment to strengthen intergenerational justice in land matters. This year not only marks the 30th anniversary of the Convention but is also an important opportunity for Germany to spotlight the future of land stewardship ensuring the stability and prosperity of billions of people around the world.

More information: Event website
Germany, Bonn, 2024-05-26
International Biodiversity Day - organized by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Open Day at Bonn-based Botanical Garden. GIZ (commissioned by BMZ) will present the country's strong commitment to advancing intergenerational dialog and cooperation for the sustainable future of land. Germany's progress in land restoration, drought resilience and sustainable land stewardship are the key priorities this year, when the country hosts the global observance of the Desertification and Drought Day and celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Convention.

More information: Event website
Germany, Bonn, 2024-06-17
Global observance event - organized by Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

The global observance event at the Bundeskunsthalle will feature an engaging  programme with VIPs from Germany, UNCCD Goodwill Ambassadors and Land Heroes. An intergenerational dialogue between the youth activists and the political, business and civil society leaders. present a key opportunity to recognize the Convention’s milestones and history linked to the City of Bonn as well as engage the people from all walks of life in a quest for a sustainable future on land.  

More information: Event website
Germany, Bonn, 2024-06-17
Photo exhibition - organized by Let's Plant/Tropentag

For the fifth year in a row, Let's Plant NGO is is organizing a photo contest on land and landscape rehabilitation in collaboration with Tropentag, an annual meeting of experts on tropical and subtropical agriculture Tropentag 2024.

Germany, Bonn, 2024-06-18
DDD2024 celebration: Science of combatting land degradation  - organized by German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, the INTERFACES team at IDOS in collaboration with the NGO “Let’s Plant!” is organising an evening event, including a panel discussion and an interactive marketplace, accompanied by music and refreshments. The event aims to foster exchange and science-policy-practitioner networking among organizations and individuals engaged in combating desertification, land degradation and drought. Register here: https://www.idos-research.de/en/events/details/science-in-support-of-combatting-land-degradation/

 

More information: Event website
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Germany, 2024-06-18
United for Earth: Collaborative strategies against drought - organized by Global Water Partnership

UNCCD,  EOTEC DevNet and GWP are organizing a webinar focused on showcasing collaborative approaches to tackling drought challenges and enhancing resilience in drought-affected regions.  The webinar, designed for policymakers, researchers, and practitioners in environmental science, disaster risk management and sustainable development. will focus on gender-specific challenges, inclusion strategies and cutting-edge tools such as Earth Observation technologies to meet the need for tailor-made approaches in drought response.

More information: Event website
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Germany, Berlin, 2024-06-19
Nature Restoration Forum: Daring to restore, seizing opportunities - organized by Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection

The forum will highlight the importance of restoring nature in light of international commitments, showcasing successful examples of implementation in Germany. To attend in person at the BMUV's event courtyard at Stresemannstraße 128 - 130, 10117 Berlin, please register online by May 15: https://forum-wiederherstellung-der-natur.de/registrierung/

More information: Event website, PDF
Germany, Berlin, 2024-06-20
Leveraging momentum for women’s land rights: Enhancing synergies across Rio conventions - organized by TMG Research gGmbH

This workshop organized by TMG Research and Robert Bosch Stiftung, co-hosted by UNCCD , UN Climate Change and UN Biodiversity, will address discuss the synergies between the three Rio Conventions in advancing women's secure rights to land, bringing in the perspectives of representatives of the conventions, civil society leaders, foundations and national focal points. The workshop aims to improve coordination of advocacy efforts among stakeholders and strengthen the role of grassroots organizations in driving debates on land rights.

More information: PDF
Japan, Tokyo, 2024-06-17
Online discussion on the role of youth in combating desertification - organized by UNISC International

This online event will introduce activities of youth organizations to combat desertification through disaster prevention, energy transition, climate change countermeasures, and biodiversity conservation. The National Institute for Environmental Studies will give apresentation on how desertification affects biodiversity. 80 participants are expected to attend the presentations and participate in the follow-up discussion.