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17 June - World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought (International)

Published on June 17, 2024
Current Context: The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, observed annually on June 17th, is a key initiative by the United Nations to bring attention to the pressing environmental challenges of desertification and drought.
17 June - World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought (International)
  • Desertification, the process where fertile land degrades into arid land, and drought, a period of abnormally dry weather, have a significant negative impact on our planet's health and the well-being of billions of people.
  • The 2024 theme, "United for Land. Our Legacy. Our Future," underscores the critical need for global collaboration to protect our vital land resources.
  • Land plays a fundamental role in sustaining life on Earth.
  • It provides us with almost 95% of our food, as well as materials for clothing and shelter.
  • Healthy land also creates jobs, supports livelihoods, and helps regulate climate by mitigating floods, droughts, and wildfires.


1 When is the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought observed?

  • A) April 22nd
  • B) June 17th
  • C) August 12th
  • D) October 16th
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