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UN warns of dangers of desertification and drought

United Nations-. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned today of the dangers of desertification and drought, and asked that the goal of healthy land be put in the planning of nations.

In its message to World Day Against Desertification and Drought, the headline warned that landslides are undermining the well-being of 3.2 billion people due to climate change and the expansion of agriculture, cities and infrastructure.

All of this damages biodiversity and allows the emergence of infectious diseases such as Govt-19, which has been urged by the highest representative of the United Nations.

In addition, he noted that reclaiming degraded land is simple and inexpensive, and could generate an additional $ 1.4 trillion in agricultural production each year.

The land “may be our greatest ally, but now it suffers,” said the Portuguese ambassador.

In the context of the Govit-19 epidemic, reclamation of natural landscapes reduces the direct contact between wildlife and human habitations, creating a natural barrier against zoos (diseases transmitted from animals to humans).

This restoration helps restore biodiversity: it allows the Earth’s warming to capture atmospheric carbon, which reduces the impact of climate change.

Desertification is mainly caused by human activity and climatic variations, i.e. there are low forest areas that are protected from extreme events such as droughts, floods and sand and dust storms.

In 1995, the UN General Assembly declared June 17 as World Day Against Desertification and Drought.

On June 17, 1994, the UN Convention against the Desert This date was chosen to commemorate the conference’s approval.

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This 2021 also marks the beginning of the United Nations Decade to Recover Ecosystems.

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