Current Affairs – June, 2014

Latest Current Affairs June, 2014 with Current Affairs, news summary on current events of National and International importance of June, 2014 for Banking, SSC, CLAT, UPSC, State PCS, IBPS, Railways and other Competitive Examinations.

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June 17: World Day to Combat Desertification observed with the theme “Land Belongs to the Future – Let’s Climate Proof It”

World Day to Combat Desertification was observed on June 17, 2014 to promote public awareness of the issue, and the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in those countries experiencing severe drought and/or desertification, particularly in Africa.​

The theme for 2014 is Land Belongs to the Future – Let’s Climate Proof It“.

Globally, around 1.5 billion people depend on degrading areas for their livings, and nearly half of the world’s very poor (42%) dwell in degraded areas, rendering them some of the most insecure places in the world, and in some cases their imbalance can destabilize whole political regions.

The world is not isolated from the effect instability caused by the suffering of these people. As per estimates, by 2020 around 60 million people will migrate from desertified regions in Sub-Saharan Africa towards Northern Africa and Europe.

The theme emphasizes on raising awareness about the potential of ecosystem-based adaptation as a policy for coping with the impacts of climate change, particularly in the drylands. Ecosystem-based adaptation means the strengthening of natural systems to absorb the worst impacts of climate change. Healthy ecosystems are less susceptible to the impacts and hazards of climate change.

June 17 as World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 1994.​

Jordanian envoy first Muslim to be elected UN human rights chief

T​he nomination of Prince Zeid al Hussein of Jordan of as the new High Commissioner for Human Rights  was unanimously approved by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). He succeeds outgoing Navi Pillay of South Africa.​ He is the first High Commissioner from the Asian continent and from the Muslim and Arab worlds.

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights:

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, headquartered in Geneva, has the authority to promote and protect the enjoyment and full realization, by all people, of all rights founded in the UN Charter and in international human rights laws and pacts. It is mandated to preventing violations of human rights, assuring respect for all human rights, encourage international cooperation to safeguard human rights, synchronizing related activities throughout the UN, and bolstering and streamlining the UN system in the sphere of human rights. Besides its mandated responsibilities, the Office leads efforts to incorporate a human rights approach within all work conducted by UN bodies.​