Model United Nations of the University of Abuja in partnership with the High Commission of Ghana in Nigeria had organized a one day campaign to mark the United Nations World Day to combat Desertification and Drought. The Secretary General of the Club; Amb. M.I. Abdulbakai stated this at the opening of the event on the 17th June, 2016 at the University of Abuja.
According to him, Desertification is the Conversion of grassland or an already arid land into a desert through indiscriminate human actions magnified by droughts. Such actions which includes but not limited to overgrazing, repeated burning, intensive farming, and stripping of vegetation for firewood.
He further noted that; these actions, without a long-term solution, desertification and land degradation of land will not only affect food supply but lead to increased migration and threaten the stability of many nations and regions. Hence the reason why the world leaders made land degradation neutrality one of the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (credited to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon)
Abdulbakai continued that; The United Nations in 1994, through resolution (A/RES/49/115), proclaims 17th June World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought and invites all States to devote the World Day to promoting public awareness through the publication and diffusion of documentaries and the organization of conferences, round-table meetings, seminars and expositions relating to international cooperation to combat desertification and the effects of drought and the implementation of the provisions of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa, and its regional implementation annexes.
He then enjoyed all the participants at the event to stand up tall to the responsibility and carry the message to their respective villages and especially those places where tress are cut for firewood or other economic uses without being replaced.
He finally handed over some young trees to the Designated Ghana High Commission to the Model UN for planting and tendering. He also congratulated Amb. Nafisat Abdulsalam, a final year student of Geography Department of the University of Abuja for making the event reality and success. Hundreds of students from various disciplines of studies were in attendance