World Environment Day 2023

World Environment Day.

World Environment Day is celebrated on 5 June. The first Environment Day established by the United Nations General Assembly was in 1972, therefore, it is the 50th anniversary of this event. This year the theme is: Plastic pollution.

Côte d’Ivoire, in Côte d’Ivoire, Ivory Coast, is hosting this day, and they invite ‘all sectors, governments, businesses and civil society to participate together in this day to find solutions and ensure that they are implemented’.

Worldwide, more than 400 million tonnes of plastic are produced each year, of which not even 10 per cent is recycled. It is estimated that between 19 and 23 million tonnes of plastic waste end up in lakes, rivers and seas every year. As always, the eradication of this environmental problem involves everyone, governments and the private sector, to implement effective measures, and the inhabitants of every village, town and city, to do our part and live as sustainably as possible.

World Environment Day is the United Nations’ primary vehicle for promoting global awareness and action for the environment. This international day has been celebrated every year since 1973 and has become a vital platform for promoting progress on the environmental aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) coordinates this commemoration in which more than 150 countries participate each year.