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17 Jun 2009 description

New York, 17 June 2009

Desertification and land degradation affect one third of the Earth's surface, threatening the livelihoods, well-being and development of as many as 1 billion people. Faced with long periods of drought, famine and deepening poverty, many have only one option: flight from the land. There are already an estimated 24 million environmentally induced migrants.

18 Mar 2009 description

New York, 18 March 2009 - Deputy Secretary-General's remarks to General Assembly thematic debate on the right to education in emergency, post-crisis and transition situations caused by man-made conflicts and natural disasters

Mr. President,

Honorable Ministers,

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to welcome you to this important debate.