World Day to Combat Desertification: Land Belongs to the Future – Let’s Climate Proof it!
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World Day to Combat Desertification: Land Belongs to the Future – Let’s Climate Proof it!

Rehabilitated hillside landscape in Ethiopia's Tigray region. Photo: Andrea Borgarello/World Bank

Date: Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET (13:00 – 16:30 GMT or convert time)
Location: Online

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The World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) is observed worldwide on 17 June every year. The theme of 2014 WDCD is ecosystem-based adaptation. With the slogan “Land Belongs to the Future, Let’s Climate Proof It”, the day highlights the benefits of mainstreaming sustainable land management policies and practices into our collective response to climate change.

This year, the global observance event will be held at the World Bank headquarters in Washington D.C., United States, on Tuesday, 17 June. As decisions on climate change resilience and sustainable development are due to be taken at the global level next year, it is important that we are all aware of the significance of sustainable land management to cope with climate change and other global environmental challenges. We look forward to your active engagement in the observance event in promoting the importance of sustainable land management for achieving the future we want.

The event is organized by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and hosted at the World Bank in partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), TerrAfrica and Connect4Climate.

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Prime Minister of Niger
Minister of Environment and Tourism of Namibia
H.E. Girma Birru Geda, Ambassador of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the USA
UNCCD Drylands Ambassador, Senior Fellow, World Agroforestry Centre
Executive Secretary, UNCCD
CEO, Global Environment Facility
World Bank Group Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations, and Partnerships.
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Dr. Ashish Manohar Urkude
'Honest Land Management' is the only solution to avoid desertification. Hope you all dignitories agree on it. However, even fertile land is used near the cities for bulding concrete jungles. Why can't it be stopped all over the world? Once concretisation is there these lands would be deserted like detroit and no one can utilise that land for agriculture or jungle purpose, and it would be called desert, hence this question.