World Day to Combat Desertification

  • 16th June 2019
  • by secretary

17 June 2019. Ankara, Turkey. World Day to Combat Desertification 2019 marks the 25th
anniversary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), so this year’s campaign will run under the slogan ’25 YEARS – Let’s grow the future together’.

This event provides an opportunity to look back and celebrate the 25 years of progress made by countries on sustainable land management, as well as looking at the broad picture of the next 25 years where we will achieve land degradation neutrality. What do we envisage in the world in which land degradation neutrality provides a solid basis for poverty reduction, food and water security and climate change mitigation and adaptation?

Interview with UNCCD Executive Secretary Mr. İbrahim THIAW

Key Issues

  • Land and Drought — “By 2025, 1.8 billion people will experience absolute water scarcity, and 2/3 of the world will be living under water-stressed conditions.”
    A complex and slowly encroaching natural hazard with significant and pervasive socio-economic and environmental impacts that to cause more deaths and displace more people than any other natural disaster.
  • Land and Human Security — “By 2045 some 135 million people may be displaced as a result of desertification.”
    Achieving land degradation neutrality -by rehabilitating already degraded land, scaling up sustainable land management and accelerating restoration initiatives- is a pathway to greater resilience and security for all.
  • Land and Climate — “Restoring the soils of degraded ecosystems has the potential to store up to 3 billion tons of carbon annually.”
    The land use sector represents almost 25% of total global emissions. Its rehabilitation and sustainable management is critical to combating climate change.


  • UNCCD Executive Secretary Mr. İbrahim THIAW
  • Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Bekir PAKDEMİRLİ
  • Video message by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres
  • President of the Republic of Turkey H.E. Recep Tayyip ERDOĞAN

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