World Environment Day 2006
World Environment Day, commemorated each year on 5 June, is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.
The World Environment Day theme selected for 2006 is Deserts and Desertification and the slogan is Don't Desert Drylands! The slogan emphasizes the importance of protecting drylands, which cover more than 40% of the planet’s surface. This ecosystem is home to one-third of the world’s people who are more vulnerable members of society. The main international celebrations of the World Environment Day 2006 will be held in Algeria. UNEP is honoured that the City of Algiers will be hosting this United Nations day.
The day's agenda is to give a human face to environmental issues; empower people to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development; promote an understanding that communities are pivotal to changing attitudes towards environmental issues; and advocate partnership which will ensure all nations and peoples enjoy a safer and more prosperous future. World Environment Day is a people's event with colourful activities such as street rallies, bicycle parades, green concerts, essays and poster competitions in schools, tree planting, as well as recycling and clean-up campaigns
When did it all begin?
World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. Another resolution, adopted by the General Assembly the same day, led to the creation of UNEP.
Previous World Environment Day themes:
- 2005 - Green Cities - Plan for the Planet!
- 2004 – Wanted! Seas and Oceans – Dead or Alive?
- 2003 – Water – Two Billion People are Dying for It!
- 2002 - Give Earth a Chance
- 2001 - Connect with the World Wide Web of Life
- 2000 - The Environment Millennium - Time to Act
- 1999 - Our Earth - Our Future - Just Save It!
- 1998 - For Life on Earth - Save Our Seas
- 1997 - For Life on Earth
- 1996 - Our Earth, Our Habitat, Our Home
- 1995 - We the Peoples: United for the Global Environment
- 1994 - One Earth One Family
- 1993 - Poverty and the Environment - Breaking the Vicious Circle
- 1992 - Only One Earth, Care and Share
- 1991 - Climate Change. Need for Global Partnership
- 1990 - Children and the Environment
- 1989 - Global Warming; Global Warning
- 1988 - When People Put the Environment First, Development Will Last
- 1987 - Environment and Shelter: More Than A Roof
- 1986 - A Tree for Peace
- 1985 - Youth: Population and the Environment
- 1984 - Desertification
- 1983 - Managing and Disposing Hazardous Waste: Acid Rain and Energy
- 1982 - Ten Years After Stockholm (Renewal of Environmental Concerns)
- 1981 - Ground Water; Toxic Chemicals in Human Food Chains
- 1980 - A New Challenge for the New Decade: Development Without Destruction
- 1979 - Only One Future for Our Children - Development Without Destruction
- 1978 - Development Without Destruction
- 1977 - Ozone Layer Environmental Concern; Lands Loss and Soil Degradation
- 1976 - Water: Vital Resource for Life
- 1975 - Human Settlements
- 1974 - Only one Earth