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To date, desertification has been recognized as the biggest problem of mankind – World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is dedicated to this problem. The rapid spread of deserts is due to global warming. As a result, land suitable for agriculture and water bodies are disappearing. This leads to famine as well as drought. To draw attention to the problem, the UN established the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. The mission of this holiday is to rally people on all continents around a single goal – greening the planet.


The resolution on the holiday was adopted in 1995. Every year on June 17, international events dedicated to the restoration of land are held. This problem is very relevant to the African region. Land restoration will stabilize the economic situation, create new jobs, increase government revenues, and help overcome the food crisis. In addition, healthy, fertile lands contribute to the restoration of biodiversity on the planet. The more plants, the less carbon gets into the atmosphere; consequently, the climate changes more slowly.

Interesting Facts

  • People have changed almost 75% of the planet’s ice-free area to meet the demand for food, raw materials, housing, and roads.
  • Land productivity is important for the rapid recovery of people after a pandemic, as well as for the survival of the planet and humanity.
  • More than 100 countries have pledged to restore almost one billion hectares of land.

How to take part

Every year the UN, as part of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, holds international events, which you can find out about in advance on their official website. Talk about the problem, raise the topic of desertification so people realize the absence of plants threatens the planet. Each person should think about how they can help, celebrating the holiday. Watch thematic programs and films, read books on the topic of global warming in order to understand how to counter it.

When is World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought celebrated in 2022?

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is observed on June 17 each year.