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President of the General Assembly statement on Desertification and Drought Day
16 Jun 2020 -  17 June 2020 - The President of the UN General Assembly Tijjani Muhammad-Bande said that millions of hectares are lost each year, resulting in approximately 10% loss to global GDP and an estimated 3.2 billion people directly impacted by the diminution of land.
In his statement on Desertification and Drought Day, the President of the General Assembly said that land degradation depletes resources and further exposes the most vulnerable people to poverty and hunger, which are the root causes of both conflict and migration.