"Biggest ever" World Environment Day

Last Updated: Mon, Jun 04, 2012 19:42 hrs

From the floor of the National Senate, to the streets of Rio de Janeiro, the last minute countdown to World Environment Day (WED) on 5 June 2012 is underway in Brazil.

This year´s host country is preparing to lead what promises to be the largest WED celebrations in the event´s four-decade history.

Under the WED 2012 theme "Green Economy: Does it Include You?", people across the world are set to carry out thousands of environmental activities on and around June 5, 2012.

Just over a week after WED, Brazil will host world governments for the Rio+20 summit, where the green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication will be one of two central themes.

In the run-up to Rio+20, WED 2012 will promote the active role of communities around the world in the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient and socially inclusive green economy.

From Algiers to Auckland, close to 8000 activities have already been registered on the UN Environmental Programme´s (UNEP) website at www.unep.org/wed by WED participants across the world for 5 June.

UNEP will also launch the Global Environment Outlook 5 (GEO 5) on 6 June.

Three years in the making and involving close to 300 experts, GEO is the UN´s most comprehensive environmental assessment.

In the run-up to Rio+20, GEO 5 will analyze the state of the global environment and track global progress towards international sustainability targets.

World Environment Day is the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action and is held on 5 June every year.

WED celebrations began in 1972 and have grown to become the one of the main vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action.

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