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The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC); Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO); United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Maritime Organisation (WMO) are commemorating the 2022 World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, under the theme, “Rising up from drought together”. 

The event holds on Friday, June 17 at 9.30am.

The theme emphasises the need of an early action to avoid disastrous consequences for humanity and the planetary ecosystems.

Those who will attend include:

• UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Matthias Schmale

• Country Representative, FAO, Mr Fred Kafeero


• Country Representative, WMO, Mr Bernard Gomez

• Director UNIC, Mr Ronald Kayanja 


• Dr Eugene Itua

• Representative of the National Agency for the Great Green Wall (NAGGW)



Online via Zoom:

Kindly register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Meeting ID: 851 6745 4758


Passcode: 399981

The United Nations General Assembly by its resolution A/RES/49/115 of 1994, declared 17 June “World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought” to promote public awareness of efforts to combat desertification, and to remind everyone that land degradation neutrality is achievable through problem-solving, strong community involvement and co-operation at all levels.


For more information and media enquiries contact:

Emmanuel Kihaule – Communication Specialist, FAO | 0802 609 9198 |

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Oluseyi Soremekun – National Information Officer, UN Information Centre (UNIC) |                                   +234 803 303 0002 |

Alison Clement | Acting, Head of Communications, UNDP | +23407015906558 |


Roland Abah – Communication Focal Person, WMO | 07034644363 |

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