Today, World Environment Day: raise awareness and highlight actions in favor of the environment


World Environment Day, which takes place every year on June 5, aims to raise awareness and highlight actions in favor of the environment. This year, the campaign focuses on land restoration, desertification and drought resilience.

Land degradation directly affects people’s lives and livelihoods, threatening food security and water supplies, and causing migration and displacement. Nations must therefore take concrete measures to achieve profound change and address the climate and environmental crisis as well as its consequences on human mobility.

Every year, millions of people are displaced by disasters: In 2023, disasters led to 26.4 million new internal displacements (2024 Internal Displacement Observatory Global Report).

According to the World Bank, in the absence of rapid and concerted action on climate and development, more than 216 million people could become internal climate migrants by 2050. Concrete action is therefore urgently needed.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) calls on all governments and stakeholders to understand the reality of the climate crisis, by providing concrete solutions to people who are already on the move, to those who want to move and to those who want to stay.

Well-managed migration and land restoration initiatives must be part of the solution. The people most affected by land degradation, desertification and droughts must be involved in decision-making and measures and have the means to act.

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