World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is observed on 17 June

Highlights:

  • World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is observed on 17 June. 
  • The day is aimed to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification.
Theme:
  • The theme for 2020 World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is "Food. Feed.Fibre. - the links between consumption and land". 
  • The theme is focuses to change public attitudes which are the leading driver of desertification and land degradation.
  • During the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, challenges like desertification, along with climate change and the loss of biodiversity, were identified to achieve sustainable development. 
  • In 1994, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) established the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). 
  • UNGA declared 17 June as World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought by passing the resolution A/RES/49/115.
  • In the year 2007, the UNGA declared 2010-2020 as the UN Decade for Deserts and the fight against Desertification to mobilize global action to fight land degradation.