This year's theme is biodiversity, an urgent and existential concern. Recent events - from wildfires in Brazil, the United States and Australia, locust infestations in East Africa and now a global pandemic - demonstrate the interdependence of humans and the life webs in which they exist.
Nature is sending us a message. To take care of ourselves, we must take care of #ForNature.
World Environment Day has been celebrated every year on June 5 since 1974, involving governments, businesses, celebrities and citizens to focus their efforts on an urgent environmental problem.
The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) annually organizes events for World Environment Day, which encourages global awareness and action for the protection of the environment. It is celebrated on June 5 in more than 100 countries.
The theme for World Environment Day 2020 is “Time for Nature”, with a focus on its role in providing the essential infrastructure that supports life on Earth and human development. This approach is expected to provide an opportunity to boost momentum and public awareness of nature as a key issue in the run-up to the 15th Meeting of the Parties (COP 15) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). COP 15 was expected to take place in October 2020, but will be rescheduled for 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
World Environment Day 2020
UNEP: Making the announcement on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP25) in Madrid, Spain, Ricardo Lozano, Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia, Jochen Flasbarth, Secretary of State for the Environment of Germany, and Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program emphasized that with one million species of plants and animals in danger of extinction, there has never been a more important time to focus on the issue of biodiversity .
2020 is a critical year for nations' commitments to preserve and restore biodiversity, with China scheduled to host the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity in Kunming. Next year also provides the opportunity to accelerate the start of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030), aimed at massively expanding the restoration of degraded and destroyed ecosystems to combat the climate crisis and improve food security, water supply and biodiversity.
According to a landmark report from the Intergovernmental Science and Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), current negative trends in biodiversity and ecosystems are projected to undermine progress toward 80 percent of the assessed targets of the Development Goals. Sustainable related to poverty, hunger, health, sustainable consumption and production, water, cities, climate, oceans and land.
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Colombia, host country of World Environment Day, prepared for this Friday, June 5, 2020, a wide series of events with experts on biodiversity issues from around the world.