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International Day

Desertification & Drought Day 2023

Her Land. Her Rights.

Droughts are among the greatest threats to sustainable development, especially in developing countries, but increasingly so in developed nations too. In fact, forecasts estimate that by 2050 droughts may affect over three-quarters of the world’s population.

The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is fully committed to placing gender equality firmly at the core of its mandate. Gender equality is key to deliver sustainable, progressive, and meaningful action to avoid, reduce, and reverse land degradation. We cannot achieve land degradation neutrality without gender equality, and we must include all land users and decision-makers in the process regardless of gender.

In more than half of all countries, laws or customs hinder women's ownership or access to land.