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hardships as the lands lose all productivity
forcing them to move to a worse existence
in an urban setting. She said that neglect of
the social dimensions of the problem abstract planning and lack of political will were responsible for the failure of desertification control programmes.
An international plan of action to deal With World Health Organization (WHO) at the problem of desertification should not be unanimously endorsed by more than 1,200 UN Development Pro- delegates from 191 member nations of the 50th World Health Assembly in Geneva recently. The agenda proposes collection of reliable data within the next three years which would be used in the formulation of, and in setting targets for the programme on violence prevention and health. According to WHO, on an average, violence results in more than 3.5 million deaths, every year.
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