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From Degraded Drylands to Green Landscapes - A Special Tribute to the Future Policy Award 2017

31/10/2017 - 12:30 - 14:00

UN Library Special Event followed by a reception, organized In collaboration with the World Future Council, Green Cross International, University of Oxford’s Enacting Global Transformation Initiative, Theatre of Transformation Academy.

Desertification is one of today’s most serious environmental challenges. Every minute, we lose the equivalent of 30 football fields of soil to degradation. We urgently need to act. Can we empower young people at risk? Can we transform drylands, the most conflict-prone regions of the world? The Future Policy Awardees 2017 and renowned speakers show that we can. Through a compelling combination of a high-level discussion with distinguished experts, a multi-cultural performance, and an interactive dialogue with the audience, this event shows how the destructive drama of desertification can become a constructive theatre of land restoration. This year, the Future Policy Award was organized by the World Future Council in partnership with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

A discussion with
Ousséni Diallo, President, Green Cross, Burkina Faso
Atinkut Mezgebu Wubneh, Head of Agriculture and Rural Development Bureau, Tigray, Ethiopia
Pradeep Monga, Deputy Executive Secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
Alexandra Wandel, Director, Vice Chair of the Management Board, World Future Council

Rama Mani, Convenor, Oxford Enacting Global Transformation, Founder, Theatre of Transformation Academy & World Future Councillor (

Invitees without a UN badge should register on the UNOG website at, bring a valid ID & a copy of this invitation on the day of the event to the Pregny Gate, located at 8-14 Avenue de la Paix, 1211 Geneva 10. The New Entrance is through Door 40, Building E.


Library Events Room (B-135)
Palais des Nations, Building B, Door 20, 1st Floor