World Environment Day by UNEP

World Environment Day by UNEP
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World Environment Day, celebrated annually on 5 June, is the biggest international day for the environment and has grown as the largest global platform for environmental outreach. It is primarily led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and now supported by millions of people across the world since 1973.


Year 1st: Only One Earth

In 1972, the UN General Assembly designated 5 June as World Environment Day (WED). The first WED was celebrated in 1974 in the city of Spokane in the USA, under the slogan ‘Only One Earth.’ In the following years, WED has developed as a platform to raise awareness on the problems facing our environment such as air pollution, plastic pollution, illegal wildlife trade, sustainable consumption, sea-level increase, and food security, among others. Furthermore, WED helps drive change in consumption patterns and in national and international environmental policy.


2023 Theme: Solutions to Plastic Pollution

This year marks the 50th anniversary of World Environment Day, which will focus on solutions to plastic pollution. This year the event is hosted by Côte d’Ivoire and it is as a reminder that people’s actions on plastic pollution matters.


History of World Environment Day


2022 | Only One Earth

Hosted in Stockholm, Sweden

2021 | Ecosystem Restoration

Hosted in Pakistan

2020 | Time for Nature

Hosted in Colombia 

2019 | Beat Air Pollution

Hosted in People’s Republic of China

2018 | Beat Plastic Pollution

Hosted in New Delhi, India

2017 | Connecting Nature to People

Hosted in Ottawa, Canada

2016 | Go Wild for Life

See also
Water – At The Center Of Climate Change And Climate Crisis

Hosted in Luanda, Angola

2015 | Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.

Hosted in Rome, Italy

2014 | International Year of Small Islands Developing States (SIDS)

Hosted in Bridgetown, Barbados 

2013 | Think. Eat. Save.

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

2012 | The Green Economy

Hosted in Brasilia, Brazil

2011 | Forests: Nature at Your Service.

Hosted in Delhi, India

2010 | Many Species. One Planet. One Future.

Hosted in Rangpur, Bangladesh

2009 | Your Planet Needs You – Unite to Combat Climate Change

Hosted in Mexico City, Mexico

2008 | Kick The Habit – Towards A Low Carbon Economy         

Hosted in Wellington, New Zealand

2007 | Melting Ice – A Hot Topic?        

Hosted in London, England

2006 | Deserts and Desertification – Don’t Desert Drylands!    

Hosted in Algiers, Algeria

2005 | Green Cities – Plant for the Planet!       

Hosted in San Francisco, United States

2004 | Wanted! Seas and Oceans – Dead or Alive?       

Hosted in Barcelona, Spain

2003 | Water – Two Billion People are Dying for It!

Hosted in Beirut, Lebanon

2002 | Give Earth a Chance      

Hosted in Shenzhen, People’s Republic of China

2001 | Connect with the World Wide Web of Life         

Hosted in Torino, Italy and Havana, Cuba

2000 | The Environment Millennium – Time to Act

Hosted in Adelaide, Australia

1999 | Our Earth – Our Future – Just Save It!

Hosted in Tokyo, Japan

1998 | For Life on Earth – Save Our Seas          

Hosted in Moscow, Russian Federation

1997 | For Life on Earth

Hosted in Seoul, Republic of Korea

1996 | Our Earth, Our Habitat, Our Home        

Hosted in Istanbul, Turkey

1995 | We the Peoples: United for the Global Environment      

See also
COP 28 – The Global Climate Summit

Hosted in Pretoria, South Africa

1994 | One Earth One Family   

London, United Kingdom

1993 | Poverty and the Environment – Breaking the Vicious Circle        

Hosted in Beijing, People’s Republic of China

1992 | Only One Earth, Care and Share

Hosted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1991 | Climate Change. Need for Global Partnership

Hosted in Stockholm, Sweden 

1990 | Children and the Environment  

Hosted in Mexico City, Mexico

1989 | Global Warming; Global Warning          

Hosted in Brussels, Belgium

1988 | When People Put the Environment First, Development Will Last

Hosted in Bangkok, Thailand 

1987 | Environment and Shelter: More Than A Roof     

Hosted in Nairobi, Kenya 

1986 | A Tree for Peace

Hosted in Ontario, Canada

1985 | Youth: Population and the Environment

Hosted in Islamabad, Pakistan

1984 | Desertification  

Hosted in Rajshahi, Bangladesh

1983 | Managing and Disposing Hazardous Waste: Acid Rain and Energy          

Hosted in Sylhet, Bangladesh

1982 | Ten Years After Stockholm (Renewal of Environmental Concerns)         

Hosted in Dhaka, Bangladesh

1981 | Ground Water; Toxic Chemicals in Human Food Chains 

Hosted in Sylhet, Bangladesh

1980 | A New Challenge for the New Decade: Development Without Destruction         

Hosted in Sylhet, Bangladesh

1979 | Only One Future for Our Children – Development Without Destruction 

Hosted in Sylhet, Bangladesh

1978 | Development Without Destruction       

Hosted in Sylhet, Bangladesh

1977 | Ozone Layer Environmental Concern; Lands Loss and Soil Degradation  

Hosted in Sylhet, Bangladesh

1976 | Water: Vital Resource for Life   

Hosted in Ontario, Canada

1975 | Human Settlements      

Hosted in Dhaka, Bangladesh

1974 | Only One Earth

Hosted in Spokane, United States


Fifty years celebrating World Environment Day

See also
SDG Goal 6: Clean Water And Sanitation For All

Led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Environment Day is the largest global platform for environmental public outreach and is celebrated by millions of people across the world.



We, at UNITED BLUERISE, aim to promote rewarding sustainable solutions where the health benefits of a “pure-living” truly meet in parallel with environment challenges of a “plastic-free” world.



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