World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

Context

  • June 17 is observed worldwide as the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought.
  • Theme 2020: Food. Feed. Fibre

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification:

  • legally binding international agreement linking environment and development to sustainable land management.
  • It derives directly from the 1992 Earth Summit.
  • It was established in 1994 and addresses arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas,known as the drylands.
  • Secretariat of UNCCD is at Bonn, Germany.
  • Committed to a bottom-up approach, encouraging the participation of local people in combating desertification and land degradation.