5th June Observed as World Environment Day [ Current Affairs ]

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Every year 5 June is observed as World Environment Day (WED) to increase global awareness to take confident environmental action to defend nature and the planet Earth. Go Wild for Life (Zero tolerance for the illegal trade in wildlife) is theme of 2016 which is aims to inspire preservation of all those classes under threat and calls for attractive action to help protect them for future generations.

  • Angola is host country for 2016, These African country is purposes to restore its elephant’s herds, conserve biodiversity-rich wildlife.
  • It also aims to preserve the environment as it remains to restructure after more than a quarter-century of civil war.
  • Observing this day is worldwide initiative of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
  • Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off Tiger Express from Safdarjung station, New Delhi to mark this day.
  • It is a semi-luxury traveler train relived with an objective to spread awareness amongst persons on tiger conservation.

About World Environment Day (WED):

  • In 1972 WED was recognized by the United Nations General Assembly to mark the opening of United Nations Conference on the Human Environment 1972 which was held in Stockholm.
  • In 1973 the first World Environment Day was observed and from that time it is being held every year with different themes.

About United Nations Environment Programme:

  • The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is a part of United Nations and coordinates its environmental activities, supporting developing countries in performing environmentally sound policies and practices.
  • Maurice Strong has founded it and he was the first director of it, based on the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment (Stockholm Conference) in June 1972.
  • Its headquarters is located in the Gigiri neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya.
  • UNEP also has six regional offices and various country offices.

- Published on: June 7, 2016