World Environment Day on June 5

KARACHI: World Environment Day is being observed on June 5 in Pakistan and other parts of the world to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth.

A large number of government and environmental organizations have made preparations to celebrate the day with renewed commitment to reduce environmental degradations harming nature and human beings.

The first World Environment Day was celebrated in 1973. Since then it is hosted every year by a different theme. The UN General Assembly declared 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). World Environment Day (WED) 2014 will be celebrated under the theme of SIDS, with the goal of raising awareness of their unique development challenges and successes regarding a range of environmental problems, including climate change, waste management, unsustainable consumption, degradation of natural resources, and extreme natural disasters.

UNEP is also soliciting votes for the 2014 WED slogan through 5 March 2014. The winning slogan will be used to call on the global WED community to take action for islands.

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