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The international community has long recognized that desertification is a major economic, social and environmental problem of concern to many countries in all regions of the world. According to the United Nations data, desertification threats 1.2 billion people in 110 countries.
In 1977, the United Nations Conference on Desertification adopted a Plan of Action to Combat Desertification.
The Convention was adopted in
Over 179 countries were parties as at March 2002.