- Our world is drying up. Today's global desertification crisis affects more than 165 countries. Drought, climate change, biodiversity erosion, intensive farming and poor water management are behind the crisis.
This situation has a dramatic impact on our common environmental heritage and is a threat to global peace and sustainable development.
Desertification and drought increase water scarcity, at a time when two billion peoplestill do not have access to safe drinking water – and over three billion may have to confront a similar situation by 2050. The world’s most vulnerable communities cannot fulfil essential water needs, sometimes causing them to migrate from lands that have become dry and barren.
According to the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, 135 million people are likely to migrate worldwide by 2030 as a result of the deterioration of lands. These migrations and deprivations are in turn a source of conflict and instability, demonstrating that desertification is a crucial challenge to peace.
Today, on World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, we launch an urgent call: we all must take immediate action against desertification. It is our responsibility towards future generations. Together, let's grow a sustainable future by respecting our lands and preserving their abundance and beauty. We can and we must.
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