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UNCCD Invites Youth to Send Submissions on Their Views on Land

April 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has invited children and youth to submit their views on land, including on why taking care of the land matters and what youth are doing about it.

Submissions can take the format of: short video clips (less than 3 minutes) uploaded on youtube.com; pictures of field activities; and compelling articles of no more than 700 words. The best contributions from each region will be compiled and broadcast during the World Day to Combat Desertification, which will take place on 17 June, on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

The theme of the 2012 World Day to Combat Desertification is: Healthy soil sustains your life, LET'S GO LAND-DEGRADATION NEUTRAL. This theme was selected in connection with the UNCCD's call for Rio+20 to agree on a target for halting land degradation.

Submissions must be sent to the UNCCD Secretariat by 11:59 pm GMT on 18 May 2012. [UNCCD Webpage]