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UN decades on biodiversity and desertification launched in Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa/Montreal, 27 July 2011 – The United Nations system joined together at the offices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa on 22 July 2011 for the regional launch for Africa of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB) and to mark the United Nations Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification (UNDDD), two initiatives that have taken on even greater significance in the light of the devastating drought and famine that have recently struck the Horn of Africa and which is affecting an estimated 13 million people.

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