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17 June 2016, FAO HQ, Rome
FAO Celebration of the World Day to Combat Desertification      email

On 17 June FAO HQ will play host to an event to advocate for “the need for urgent action to reverse land degradation” and strengthen the SDG aim of achieving a “land degradation neutral world in the context of sustainable development”. This year’s WDCD will be celebrated under the slogan “Protect Earth. Restore Land. Engage People” in order to advocate for the importance of inclusive cooperation to restore and rehabilitate degraded land and contribute towards achieving the overall Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Many global efforts have been made in the recent past to create awareness and implement concrete support to dryland matters. Examples include the “Global Drylands: A UN System Rapid Response Report” and the Bonn Challenge; both global efforts launched towards the Rio+20 process. Since then, many organizations, with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) leading action, have addressed the need to recognize the interconnectedness of global challenges including food security and nutrition, water availability, land and soil degradation, biodiversity loss, and poverty and conflict. Climate change continues playing a central role when addressing these challenges in dryland areas.

In order to best bit the interconnections, FAO is organizing, jointly with the GM/UNCCD Liaison Office, hosted by FAO in Rome, a celebration event highlighting ongoing and envisaged concrete joint collaborative actions. The event will take place on 17 June 2016, from 11 am to 1 pm, in the Sheikh Zayed Room of FAO and will count with the presence of the Managing Director of the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UNCCD, the Deputy Director General of FAO and staff from different departments and divisions of FAO.

It is envisaged to point out the linkages between FAO’s key areas of work with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 15.3: Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN); as part of the global effort to provide support to countries in the implementation of their SDG commitments. Short informative presentations on three new initiatives that target effective action will be showcased during the event.

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