UN CHIEF URGES LEADERS TO STEP UP DESERTIFICATION CONVENTION IMPLEMENTATION

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United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during the opening ceremony of the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland on November 1, 2021. - COP26, running from October 31 to November 12 in Glasgow will be the biggest climate conference since the 2015 Paris summit and is seen as crucial in setting worldwide emission targets to slow global warming, as well as firming up other key commitments. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appealed to world leaders to step up the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and reverse the damage done to the earth. 
 
Guterres made the appeal in his message on Monday to mark the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, marked annually on June 17.
 
He said that as nearly 40 per cent of land across the planet is degraded with more acres lost every second, governments, businesses and communities must galvanise action to reverse the damage and protect Earth.
 

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