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G8 Summit on Desertification
The G8 Summit ended Friday, 10 July 2009. See what these governments declared concerning sustainable development, and desertification, land degradation and drought in particular, at: http://www.unccd.int/publicinfo/g8/menu.php

The first issue of the UNCCD electronic newsletter, UNCCD New, was published last week. See the message from Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja. Get a quick snap-shot of the Land Day’s focus and engagement with climate change participants regarding the significance of the Desertification Convention in addressing climate change. Find out what the UNCCD’s first Scientific Conference will be offering. Read Ambassador Bo Kjellén’s candid view of the UNCCD. Kjellén was the Chair of the group that negotiated the Convention. Explore the technological innovations being used to address desertification and land degradation, and browse through the latest publications on DLDD. Visit: http://newsbox.unccd.int/

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
From Internet social networks, to space observations, to village rallies and tree-planting activities, regional seminars and national conferences, the observance of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought was characterized by variety and innovation. Get inspired to share ideas of your unique event or to organize your 2010 observance events from the latest reports that are available at:  http://www.unccd.int/publicinfo/june17/2009/menu.php?newch=l4

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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