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Cuba calls on to address desertification and drought

Havana, Jun 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez urged to face desertification and drought because of their close relationship with the preservation of biodiversity and ecosystems.

On the occasion of Monday’s celebration of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, the Foreign Minister denounced in X that the capitalist system, with its production and consumption levels, which he described as irrational and unsustainable, has caused the degradation of 40% of the Earth’s surface.

Officially declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 1994, the date aims to promote public awareness on issues related to desertification, land degradation and drought.

This year, Desertification and Drought Day is celebrated with a call to mobilize all generations to support sustainable land management.

Desertification is the result of the permanent degradation of soils, caused by a constant deforestation of forests, salinization, lack of water, and overexploitation of aquifers, which is usually produced by human economic activity.