... 2007 (today), is celebrated the 1st day of Kwanzaa, which lasts through January 1. Founded in 1966 by California-based Professor Maulana Karenga, it's an "African American and Pan-African holiday which celebrates family, community and culture"; "its origins are in the first harvest celebrations of Africa from which it takes its name." This year's theme: "Creating a Shared Good in the World."
... 1996, 90 days after receipt of the 50th ratification, the U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification entered into force. From its home in Bonn, Germany, the Convention Secretariat works "with the secretariats of other relevant international bodies and conventions," such as the "Framework Convention on Climate Change," as well as "the Convention on Biological Diversity," to fight "the problem of land degradation in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas."