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World Environment Day (June 5)
Jun 06, 2014

World Environment Day is held each year on June 5. It is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations (UN) stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action. Also called Eco Day, the World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972. Currently in its 42nd edition, the first Environment Day was celebrated in 1973.

Run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the 2014 World Environment Day) coincides with the International Year of Small Island Developing States, which was declared by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness of and to draw attention to the critical issues facing the world's islands.

The theme of World Environment Day 2014 is: Small Islands and Climate Change. The official slogan for this year's theme states: Raise Your Voice Not the Sea Level. 

Small Island Developing States face numerous challenges. For a significant number, their remoteness affects their ability to be part of the global supply chain, increases import costs especially for energy and limits their competitiveness in the tourist industry. Many are increasingly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change from devastating storms to the threat of sea level rise.

The contribution of the world's small island nations, which collectively house over 63 million people, towards global emission of greenhouse gases is less than 1%. According to the UN, these nations share a common understanding to achieve a sustainable future for all.

Complying with the theme, Barbados, a small Caribbean island nation, is the host country of the 2014 World Environment Day.

INDIA: India has slipped 32 ranks in the global Environment Performance Index 2014 to rank a lowly 155 and its capital Delhi has earned the dubious tag of being the world’s most polluted city. In 2010, India was at rank 122. A World Bank report 2013 out of that surveyed 132 countries, India ranked at 126th position for environmental performance and worst for air pollution.

India will host the World Environment Day 2015 under the theme,
One World, One Environment.


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