The important link between land degradation and migration.



Events: 17/06/2017


In just 15 years, the number of international migrants worldwide has risen from 173 million in 2000 to 244 million in 2015.[1]

Environmental degradation, political instability, food insecurity and poverty are causes of migration and development challenges.

The 2017 World Day to Combat Desertification (#2017WDCD) will examine the important link between land degradation and migration.

#2017WDCD will look at specific ways local communities can build resilience against current multi-fold development challenges through sustainable land management practices.  This day should remind everyone of land’s important role in producing food and generating local employment, as well as its ability to add to the sustainability, stability and security of desertification-affected places.

The global observance of #2017WDCD will be on 15 June in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The day will be hosted by le Ministère de l’Environnement, de l’Economie Verte et du Changement Climatique (MEEVCC).

Get involved and celebrate 2017 WDCD with us

Go to the online campaign page!

Further Resources

The UNCCD Secretariat will upload information materials to aid your celebration as they become available.

For further information, contact:


Free #2017WDCD videos

  • 27-minute film on the Day’s theme is available for use by television stations in English and French.
  • 3-minute film trailer for social media
  • 10-minute version for screening at your event is also available.

Inquiries should be sent to


The UNCCD Secretariat wants to promote your event!

Want the UNCCD Secretariat to promote your #2017WDCD celebration?

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To request further information, such as WDCD messages from United Nations officials or press releases in additional languages, as well as past campaign, press or awareness raising materials, please contact .


Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

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