World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought: 17 June 2019

Mon 17/06/19

The World Day to Combat Desertification has been observed since 1995 to promote public awareness relating to international cooperation to combat desertification and the effects of drought.

In 1994, the United Nations General Assembly declared (General Assembly Resolution A/RES/49/115) June 17 the "World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought" to promote public awareness of the issue, and the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in those countries experiencing serious drought and/or desertification, particularly in Africa.

Ever since, country Parties to the Convention, organizations of the United Nations System, international and non-governmental organizations and other interested stakeholders have celebrated this particular day with a series of outreach activities worldwide.

The World Day to Combat Desertification is a unique occasion to remind everybody that desertification can be effectively tackled, that solutions are possible, and that key tools to this aim lay in strengthened community participation and co-operation at all levels.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development declares that “we are determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations”. Specifically, Goal 15 states our resolve to halt and reverse land degradation.

The 2018 theme for World Day to Combat Desertification was “Land has true value – invest in it”, which urged stakeholders to move away from unsustainable land use and make a difference by investing in the future of land.


2019 celebrations


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?

Whilst the global observance of WDCD 2019 will take place in Ankara, Turkey, there are a number of things you can do to celebrate, no matter where you are:

  • Organize an event to promote sustainable land management (SLM) and land degradation neutrality (LDN), online or offline. Make sure to iuse the official 2019 WDCD campaign materials at events and send your event details to [email protected]
  • Take selfie photos/video (< 30 seconds) with the campaign materials and share them on your Facebook/ Twitter/I nstagram/ Weibo accounts. Remember to tag @UNCCD and #2019WDCD. Make sure to use campaign key messages in your own language and in a creative way
  • Follow us, share, like our #2019WDCD posts or tweets on Twitter, Facebook, Weibo and Instagram

For more information on the event, please visit the UN website or the UNCCD website.