World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought: Theme announced, logo released
Dr. Lalit Kishore
To celebrate the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought on June 17, the UN has announced the theme for the observance as "Our land. Our home. Our Future" and released the logo urging the world community to invest in degraded lands to create jobs, boost incomes and food security.
According to the UN, the theme is meant to 'draw global attention to the central role productive land can play in turning the growing tide of migrants abandoning unproductive land into communities and nations that are stable, secure and sustainable, into the future'.
The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has also released the campaign logo for use by any group, organization, government or entity that will organize a celebratory event for the Day.
"Migration is high on the political agenda all over the world as some rural communities feel left behind and others flee their lands. The problem signals a growing sense of hopelessness due to the lack of choice or loss of livelihoods. And yet productive land is a timeless tool for creating wealth," said Monique Barbut, the UN advisor on combating desertification and drought.
"The possibility for success today is greater than ever before. More than 100 of the 169 countries affected by desertification or drought are setting national targets to curb run-away land degradation by the year 2030. Investing in the land will create local jobs and give households and communities a fighting chance to live, which will, in turn, strengthen national security and our future prospects for sustainability," she added.