Do your bit: Focus on days highlighting international issues International Days and Observances
World Environment Day
5 June
World Environment Day (WED), commemorated each year on 5 June is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.

WED was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. Since then, it has been held every year, always on the same date, and with an ever growing list of participating countries.

This year, the World Environment Day focuses on
"Only One Earth"

The 2022 theme for the World Environment Day,‘Only One Earth’, focuses on living sustainably in harmony with nature. 2022 marks 50 years since Stockholm Conference which led to the designation of 5 June as World Environment Day.

WED is a people's event with global participation. It has previously been celebrated in many ways, with people all over the world getting involved in street rallies, bicycle parades, concerts, school activities and tree planting as well as recycling and clean-up campaigns.

The day is also marked by a global summit attended by important environmental and governmental representatives, each year held by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) at a new host city.

The economic and financial turmoil sweeping the globe is a true wake-up call, sounding an alarm about the need to improve upon old patterns of growth and make a transition to a new era of greener, cleaner development. The theme of this year's World Environment Day - "Your planet needs you" - is meant to inspire all of us to do our part.

The Earth faces the grave threat of climate change. While all countries will suffer, the poor will bear the brunt of the impact. We do, however, also have an opportunity to change course. Crucial climate change talks will take place in Copenhagen in December 2009. Together, we must press governments to "Seal the Deal" for a new climate agreement.

- Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General

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  • Other evironment-themed international days and observaces:
    2 February: Wetlands Day
    21 March: International Day of Forests
    22 March: World Water Day
    22 May: Biodiversity Day
    5 June: Environment Day
    8 June: Oceans Day
    17 June: Desertification Day
    ... see full list 

    GDRC has been working on themes related to this international day/observance, in its programmes on (a) Sustainable Development; (b) Urban Environmental Management; and (c) Environmental Decision-Making.

    GDRC reaffirms its committment to uphold the objectives of the World Environment Day, and work towards better understanding of, and action on, conserving and protecting the global environment.

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