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Video Message by António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General, on World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 2024 (17 June).

“The security, prosperity and health of billions of people rely on thriving lands supporting lives, livelihoods and ecosystems.
But we’re vandalising the earth that sustains us. Every second, around four football fields of healthy land are degraded.

As the focus of this year’s World Day reminds us, we must be “United for Land”.

Governments, businesses, academics, communities and more must come together, and act.

We know what we need to do: it’s set out clearly in the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

As we mark the thirtieth anniversary of the Convention, the world must dramatically pick up the pace of implementation;

Build momentum towards UNCCD COP16 in Riyadh;

And ensure young people are heard in the negotiations.

Together, let’s sow the seeds for a thriving future – for nature and humanity”.

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