On Day to Combat Desertification, UN Calls for Action to Restore Land Resources
Nearly 800 million people are chronically undernourished as a direct consequence of land degradation, declining soil, fertility, unsustainable water use, drought and biodiversity loss, requiring long-term solutions to help communities increase resilience to climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared.
"The livelihoods and well-being of hundreds of millions of people are at stake," the Secretary-General said in his message to mark the World Day to Combat Desertification, whose theme this year is 'Protect Earth. Restore land. Engage people.'