Environment : SDG Special Focus for June 2024 .

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  • 6/06/2024

Our land. Our future.

The United Nations has declared " Environment"   as the Goal of the Month for July hence "Our Land. Our Future".  The focus is on the critical importance of sustainable land management and its role in achieving global development goals. This initiative highlights the urgent need to address land degradation, promote sustainable agricultural practices, and restore ecosystems to combat climate change and ensure food security. 

June 5th is World Environment Day . It is led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and annually since 1973. World Environment Day is the largest global platform for environmental public outreach. It is celebrated by millions of people across the world. In 2024, Saudi Arabia will be hosting the event. (UN,nd).

Why Land Matters

Land is a fundamental resource that supports agriculture, biodiversity, and human settlements. However, unsustainable practices such as deforestation, overgrazing, and urban sprawl are degrading this vital resource. The degradation of land affects nearly half of the global population and threatens the livelihoods of billions, particularly in rural communities.

The Goals

The UN's July initiative aims to:

Raise Awareness: Educate the public and policymakers about the significance of sustainable land management.

Promote Action: Encourage governments, organizations, and individuals to adopt practices that restore and protect land resources.

Foster Collaboration: Facilitate partnerships across sectors to implement sustainable solutions and share best practices globally.

Key Strategies

Restoration and Conservation: Initiatives to restore degraded lands and conserve existing ecosystems are central to this month's goals. This includes reforestation projects, soil rehabilitation, and the protection of natural habitats.

Sustainable Agriculture: Promoting farming practices that maintain soil health, reduce chemical use, and increase crop diversity is crucial. Sustainable agriculture not only improves productivity but also resilience to climate change.

Community Engagement: Empowering local communities to manage their land resources sustainably ensures that interventions are culturally appropriate and locally supported. Education and capacity-building are essential components.

Global Impact

Achieving sustainable land management is vital for meeting several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including those related to climate action (SDG 13), life on land (SDG 15), and zero hunger (SDG 2). By focusing on "Our Land. Our Future," the UN underscores the interconnectedness of environmental health, economic development, and social well-being.

How You Can Help

Individuals can contribute to this goal by supporting sustainable products, reducing waste, participating in local conservation efforts, and advocating for policies that protect land resources. Small actions, when multiplied, can lead to significant change.

Join the global effort this July by learning more about sustainable land management and taking steps to protect our planet. Our land is our future, and its health is crucial for the prosperity of all.


World Environment Day 5 June. (n.d) United Nations. Retrieved from

World Environment Day | United Nations


World Environment Day | United Nations

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