World Environment Day - Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level

Drop what you are doing… The World Environment Day Challenge is back!

UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors Gisele Bündchen, Don Cheadle, Ian Somerhalder and Yaya Touré are sending an SOS to the world on behalf of Small Island Developing States

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Drop what you are doing… The World Environment Day Challenge is back!

UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors Gisele Bündchen, Don Cheadle, Ian Somerhalder and Yaya Touré are sending an SOS to the world on behalf of Small Island Developing States

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Drop what you are doing… The World Environment Day Challenge is back!

UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors Gisele Bündchen, Don Cheadle, Ian Somerhalder and Yaya Touré are sending an SOS to the world on behalf of Small Island Developing States

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Step Up to the WED Challenge by 5 June!

Join UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors Gisele Bündchen, Don Cheadle, Ian Somerhalder and Yaya Touré in sending an SOS to the world on behalf of Small Island Developing States. Five selected members of the team with the most pledges by 5 June will get WED posters autographed by the Goodwill Ambassador leading the winning team!

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Drop what you are doing… The World Environment Day Challenge is back!

UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors Gisele Bündchen, Don Cheadle, Ian Somerhalder and Yaya Touré are sending an SOS to the world on behalf of Small Island Developing States

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Solar Power Leader Barbados to Host World Environment Day 2014

Barbados, a Caribbean island at the cutting edge of the fight against climate change, will host this year's World Environment Day (WED) global celebrations on 5 June 2014

Climate Change: A Challenge For Our Times

A Blog for Huffington Post by Ian Somerhalder

We are but two short weeks away from the UN's global World Environment Day celebrations on the 5th of June. This year, the theme focuses on the impacts of climate change on Small Island Developing States

World Environment Day Booklet

Whether it is to organize clean-up campaigns, walk-to-work days, plastic purges, art exhibits, tree-planting drives, concerts, dance recitals, switching off the lights, recycling drives, social media campaigns and different contests — every action counts.

Message from Darren O' Day of the Baltimore Orioles: Raise Your Voice for WED. Step Up to the Challenge!

Prepare for the WED Tweetathon today!

Last year, World Environment Day was one of the top 10 most tweeted topics on the Twitterverse. This year, make your voice heard together with the millions who will show their solidarity for the islands, climate change and the environment.

UNFCCC Focuses on Youth Activities in SIDS for WED

The UNFCCC secretariat joins this year's celebrations of World Environment Day on 5 June by focusing on the most vulnerable group living in the most vulnerable places in the world – youth from SIDS.

Community Forum to be Held in Sarasota

An upcoming free community forum will cap off the celebration of World Environment Day in Sarasota County, long known for the sustainable practices of its residents, local government, organizations and businesses.

WED in Barbados Begins

The 2014 World Environment Week has officially started in Barbados. Only days ahead of World Environment Day (WED, 5 June) a religious service was offered on 1 June 2014 in observance of WED and in recognition of the 20th Anniversary of the First Conference of Small Island Development States, held in Barbados.

Spotlight on Small Islands as WED Celebrations Kick off in Barbados

The world's attention turned to the Caribbean on 1 June, as week-long World Environment Day celebrations kicked off with a religious service, which was offered in observance of WED and in recognition of the 20th Anniversary of the First Conference of Small Island Development States.

Schoolchildren in Barbados Show WED Support By Planting Trees

GoodPlanet Launches a Campaign to Conserve the Ocean for WED 2014

To mark World Environment Day, Yann Arthus-Bertrand's GoodPlanet Foundation launches an international campaign to conserve the ocean.

Day 2 in Barbados: Solar Electricity Roofs Programme Launched

Energy Minister Senator Darcy Boyce this morning flicked the switch at a beach facility operated by the National Conservation Commission to signal the launch of the Government’s solar electricity roofs programme.

Kosovo Comes Together for World Environment Day

In Kosovo, the UN has launched the “Green Steps” project. The goal is not just to clean up Kosovo – but to keep it that way through new preventative measures. UN staff also joined 45,000 people, who participated in a cleanup campaign throughout Kosovo.

Trinidad Fit for Change

Sustainable Energy for All by 2030: An enormous challenge yet a tremendous opportunity. Many good initiatives have been taken. We need to scale them up. Discover how Trinidad and Tobago, a Small Island Developing State (SIDS), is taking action towards renewable energy.

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Saving Beaches in Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, WED is all about preserving the country’s beautiful beaches from plastic pollution.

WED 2014 in Barbados

Ministers Convene in Private Sector Forum Focusing on Clean Technology and Investment

Today marks World Environment Day, the largest day of global action on the planet

And it is indeed a pleasure to celebrate this landmark event, here, in the historic city of Bridgetown – the global capital of this year’s WED.

Actor and Environmentalist Ian Somerhalder Designated as UNEP Goodwill Ambassador on World Environment Day

Bridgetown, Barbados, 5 June 2014 – Ian Somerhalder – an actor best known for his work on the Warner Brothers international hit TV Series, “The Vampire Diaries,” and on the ABC critically acclaimed drama “Lost” – was designated as a UNEP Goodwill Ambassador today in Bridgetown...

Sea-Level Rise in Small Island Nations - Up to Four Times the Global Average - to Cost US$ Trillions in Annual Economic Loss and Impede Future Development: Shift to Green Policies and Investment Critical

Go Greener Wins

New Goodwill Ambassador Ian’s team has won with his call to Go Greener! Thousands have pledged action in response to the SOS for Small Island Developing States raised by UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors Don Cheadle, Gisele Bündchen, Yaya Touré and Ian Somerhalder.

WED in Barbados Closing Ceremonies

Day 5 – World Environment Day in Barbados was capped off by closing ceremonies held at Conset Bay.

WED 2014 in Barbados: Press Conference

Earth is beautiful from every angle! Together let's preserve it. Raise your voice for the Blue Dot! #WED2014

Vibrant Celebrations for World Environment Day Conclude Around the World

Bridgetown, Barbados, 6 June 2014 - A week of cultural events, arts showcases and high-level political engagement wrapped up today on the island nation of Barbados, the host of the 2014 World Environment Day (WED) global celebrations, and around the world.

Happy World Environment Day!

Ian Somerhalder, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador

World Environment Day!

Global Ceremony 2014

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Scaling the #WEDChallenge

blog by Fatin Chowdhury,
2014 World Environment Day (WED) Video-Blogging Competition Winner

Athletes Go Green for World Environment Day 2014

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Olympic Movement at large consider environmental responsibility as an integral part of Olympism, along with sport and culture

From the Mountains to the Sea: investing in Haiti’s environmental resources - a cause for optimism

Executive Director visited Haiti at the invitation of President Martelly to celebrate World Environment Day and to profile the country’s ecological potential as key elements for future growth and resilience.

Light show marks World Environment Day in Chile

Images of flora and fauna were projected onto the exteriors of Chile's presidential palace Thursday night in celebration of World Environment Day.

Recycling in Antarctica? Yes!

Green Technologies & Behavior at Concordia Station.

WED in Afghanistan: Afghan Mountain Areas as Ecological Islands

UNEP and Afghanistan’s National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) hosted a week of World Environment Day (WED) festivities to raise awareness on the impacts of climate change in both rural and urban settings in the country.

WED 2014: Raise Your Voice for Sudan’s Environment

This year’s WED celebrations in Darfur and Khartoum integrate all issues related to Sudan’s environment, ranging from waste management to climate change adaption to forestry and livelihoods.

Bahrain Celebrates Islands

Bahrain has joined the other nations in marking WED. UNEP held a ceremony at the Bahrain City Centre in partnership with the Supreme Council for the Environment and sponsored by the business sector, namely the Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC).

WED 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya

In Kenya, over 600 kids celebrated WED 2014 in a special soccer tournament based on this year's theme, Raise Your Voice- Not the Sea Level. The tournament was held for the first time at UNEP headquarters and brought together 24 teams from schools in and around Nairobi...

Painting for the Planet

In Delicias, Mexico, WED was marked by a children´s painting competition. The aim of the contest was to show the challenges that everyone faces and the need to work together towards a sustainable life for the planet.

Small Islands Lay Out Priorities Ahead of Lima

At the closing of the latest round of international climate talks in Bonn, Germany on 14 June 2014, Ambassador Marlene Moses, Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), a group of 44 low-lying and coastal countries...

Small Islanders Become Climate Refugees as Sea Levels Rise

Early in 2014, the Fijian village of Vunidogoloa was reported to be the first to be relocated under the small island nation's "climate change refugee" programme, according to the Fiji Times.

In Seoul, WED Celebrated in Eco-Friendly Fest

UNEP Korea and UNEP Tunza ICC organized a festival on 7 June 2014 when thousands gathered at Yoido Plaza in Seoul.

Every Day is WED at GM Facilities Around the Globe

More than 219,000 General Motors employees worldwide are being empowered to make a difference by improving the health of the planet every day through simple actions in their communities or homes.

Support Seafarers Today

The ​International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrates the fourth edition of its global campaign: Day of the Seafarer, held every year on 25 June. Seafarers are the people without whom food, clothes, gifts, gadgets or even basic needs would not reach our doors.

The Journey Continues: An Update on Hōkūle‘a

For the first time in 14 years, Hōkūleʻa returned to Papeʻete, the landfall for her maiden voyage from Hawaiʻi in 1976 where 17,000 Tahitians welcomed her.

Islands Photo Call

Selected images from the #islands2014 photo call will be displayed at UN Headquarters in New York before traveling all the way to Samoa to be shown at the Conference of Small Island Developing States in September.

Call for Partnerships Issued in Preparation for the Third International Conference on SIDS to be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa

UN Global Compact Companies in Brazil Renew Commitment to Go Green

Global Compact Brazilian Network organizations showed their commitment to sustainability as they commemorated WED 2014.

Sustainable Tourism

In a report on tourism in SIDS released prior to Rio+20, titled Challenges and Opportunities for Tourism in Small Island Developing States, UNWTO finds that the number of international tourists visiting SIDS reached 41 million in 2011.

Beach Cleaning on World Environment Day - The Scream from Nature in South of Norway

300 pupils cleaned several beaches in the South of Norway. 120 bags of garbage were removed.

Kenyan Motocross Riders Raise Their Voices for Planet Earth

Kenyan motocross riders and their families celebrated WED at the Jamhuri Motocross Circuit on 22 June 2014.

UNFCC to Award Fellowships to Young SIDS Professionals

To celebrate the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) 2014, the UNFCCC secretariat is offering 2 five-months fellowships to young professionals from the region

The 5th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture: Supporting SIDS

As a contribution of the heritage community to the 2014 SIDS Year, the Secretariat of the Melanesian Spearhead Group ...
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Take Action for a Healthy Planet Every Day at Home

Worldwide, citizens are going green not just to celebrate World Environment Day but every day. In the UK, DoNation helps people make sustainable living fun, social, and mainstream.
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Women and Environment

With the over-arching theme of “Eco-civilization and Green Development”, the International As debate on climate responses persists, water levels rise and climate change are causing destruction around the world.
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Global Island Partnership

Global Island Partnership, co-chaired by the President of Seychelles, the President of Palau, and the Prime Minister of Grenada, assists islands in addressing one of the world’s greatest challenges
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Winner of Photo Contest Depicts Pollution Problem

Winners of the Click, Conserve and Care contest launched for World Environment Day have been awarded. The top winner is an image entitled "Decaying Environment"
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WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY NEWS:

Colombia and Grenada Sign Up for the Ten Island Challenge
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WED in Lakkattoor, India

In celebration of WED in Lakkattoor, India, students of Cluny Public School & Junior College in Cheppumpara have been invited to compose either a prayer or pledge dedicated to the environment and the universe.
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WED 2014 in Belgium

In Belgium, Office Workers Commit to Celebrate WED Every Day.
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Garissa County, Kenya

In Garissa County, Kenya, dignitaries and students gathered for WED 2014 celebrations, which were geared towards protecting and conserving water catchments and wetlands.
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Tesco and Think.Eat.Save Help Children in South Korea Reduce their Foodprints

On 1 June, Tesco Homeplus and UNEP Korea held an award ceremony for finalists of the 14th eParan Children Environment Painting Contest to coincide with World Environment Day 2014.
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WED Brazil 2014

The World Environment Day (WED) celebrations in Brazil engaged the whole UN System, as the UN Green Group promoted sustainable practices at the workplace during a United Nations Country Team meeting.
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WED Celebration in Thailand

The Royal Thai Government, through the Department of Environmental Quality and Promotion celebrated World Environment Day through a 3-day event at the Royal Paragon Hall in Bangkok, from 4-6 June 2014.
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In the Seychelles, Students Showcased Uniqueness of SIDS

The Seychelles Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Environment and Energy have organized a special exhibition that highlighted the special characteristics and vulnerabilities of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
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WED 2014 in Barbados

WED 2014 in Barbados: 10km Run and 5km Walk.
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Island Fashion: A Blog by Xenya Scanlon on WED

Today is World Environment Day, and this year’s theme is islands! Besides being sought-after destinations thanks to their outstanding natural beauty, islands are home to diverse and creative cultures. More »

WED in Barbados Closing Ceremonies

Day 5 – World Environment Day in Barbados was capped off by closing ceremonies held at Conset Bay. More »

Gisele on HELLO Magazine

"We are all connected. The challenges faced by islands will face us all." More »

Micronesia Challenge: An Inspiring Movement

In 2006, in the midst of increasing global threats such as climate change, the drastic decline of biodiversity and the extreme vulnerability of small island nations... More »

Bali Island: Campaign to Purge Plastics

It has been predicted that around 8 million plastic bags are used everyday in Bali. NGO Komunitas Bali Bersih will do its part in protecting the island by continuing its clean up campaign for WED. More »

Building Economies that are Green and Circular: What Can We Learn from SIDS?

2014 is the year of the Small Islands Developing States – SIDS. It is an appropriate time to reflect... More »

Tesco Tackles Carbon Emissions to Reduce its Impact on the Environment

We know that without sustained, collaborative action that climate change will have a critical impact on our planet ... More »

Purge Plastic and Beat the Microbeads

Did you know that by washing your face, brushing your teeth and scrubbing your body you might be polluting the environment and threatening your health? More »

It’s Our World - Promoting Sustainability Through Art

Launching on World Environment Day 2014, It’s Our World is a UK initiative to encourage children and young people, aged 4-19 years... More »

Art Students Clean Up the Beach in Cheshire

In Gwynedd, Wales, art students from Beech Hall School in Cheshire, England organized a creative beach clean up. More »

Students in Nepal Pledge to Recycle

In Nepal, students at the Maitri School in Kathmandu have pledged to recycle all waste paper They’ve also promised to purge plastic by declaring the school a poly-bag free zone.. More »

Europe Gears up for WED 2014

Here are just a few examples of what UNEP in Europe has lined up for WED 2014. More »

Saving Beaches in Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, WED is all about preserving the country’s beautiful beaches from plastic pollution. More »

Carbon War Room: Caribbean Islands Agree to Swap Diesel for Renewable Sources

Seven Caribbean nations committed to give up fossil fuels in favor of renewable power as part of the Carbon War Room’s... More »

Join Our Live Online Chat

Human activities are causing unprecedented changes in the Earth's climate. The impacts are already plain to see: floods and droughts, volatile food prices, and increased vulnerability for the poor. More »

Biking for SIDS in Geneva

From noon to 4.00 p.m. on 4 June,anyone in Geneva will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the positive impact of a sustainable lifestyle and find out more about climate change... More »

World Under Water and BBDO support WED 2014

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with World Environment Day. ‘World Under Water’ has so far seen almost 1 million user-generated ‘under water’ locations..." More »

CinemAmbiente 2014

Since its debut in Turin in 1998, CinemAmbiente – Environmental Film Festival has presented outstanding environmental films in a year-round program of initiatives that promote cinema and green awareness. More »

Ragheb Alama: Take Action for WED

UNEP Goodwill Ambassador for the Arab Region, Mr. Ragheb Alama invites his audience to take action to help mitigate the multi-dimensional impacts of climate change... More »

Islands from Space

This image features Papua, the easternmost province of Indonesia. Papua was formerly named Irian Jaya, it changed its name only recently in 2002. More »

Knowledge and Cooperation Platform for Small Islands

On the occasion of the UN International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the 10YFP Secretariat and SIDS partners... More »

The Ugly Truth about Garbage and Island Biodiversity

This year International Day of Biological Diversity (22 May) focuses on islands. More »

World Environment Day Booklet

Whether it is to organize clean-up campaigns, walk-to-work days, plastic purges, art exhibits, tree-planting drives, concerts, dance recitals — every action counts. More »

Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level

UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner encourages everyone, everywhere to join this year's WED celebrations.Watch »

Island Images: A Photo Journal by Bieke Depoorter

Photographer Bieke Depoorter is currently visiting Trinidad, on a mission to document Sustainable Energy projects and capture inspiring images of small islands... More »

Prepare for the WED Tweetathon today!

This year, make your voice heard together with the millions who will show their solidarity for the islands, climate change and the environment. More »

Ian Somerlader is asking his team to "Connect to Go Greener." His specific call is for communities – including businesses, organizations, schools and individuals – to connect their resources and skills for a more sustainable, resource-efficient way of living. More »

International Year of Biological Diversity Focuses on Islands

This year, Islands are the focus of the International Year of Biological Diversity (22 May 2014). More »

Hōkūle‘a – A Voyage Dedicated to a Sustainable Future for Islands

In 2014, to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May, the traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe... More »

Online Photo Contest in India

In India, an online photo contest has been launched to celebrate WED. Budding photographers and environmentally conscious citizens are invited to showcase photography on small islands and rising sea levels, among other themes. More »

WED Conference on Environment and Sustainability

With the over-arching theme of “Eco-civilization and Green Development”, the International Student Conference on Environment and Sustainability... More »

Love Link for Lake Wenchi

In Ethiopia, thousands will gather on WED for "Love Link for Lake Wenchi", a demonstration to show support for conservation efforts for the iconic Lake Wenchi. More »

Join Team Don and Power Down for World Environment Day

Don Cheadle says the facts don't lie. Climate Change is real. Check it out! More »

Trash Fashion Macedonia

In Macedonia, NGO OXO will use recycled materials to create outfits for a fashion show to be held to celebrate WED. More »

The Caribbean Youth Environment Network Raises Its Voice For SIDS

The 800 members and affiliates of the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN), are taking action for Small Island Developing States (SIDS). More »

Gisele Talks How Food Waste Contributes to Climate Change. Check it Out!

Supermodel Gisele Bündchen Talks Food Waste for World Environment Day. Watch »

Greening the Blue Invites UN staff: Raise Your Voice for WED 2014

If you live or work on a small island, or have visited an island that you loved, or have tales to tell about sea level rise, or stories about how a small island is adapting to climate change – Greening the Blue wants to hear from you. More »

Ian Somerhalder Listens in on the Climate Change Debate

In the latest episode of Years of Living Dangerously, correspondent Ian Somerhalder listens in on both sides of the evangelical community's debate over climate change. More »

The World Environment Day Challenge is back!

UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors Gisele Bündchen, Don Cheadle, Ian Somerhalder and Yaya Touré are sending an SOS to the world on behalf of Small Island Developing States. Watch »

Jack Johnson Says No to Plastic Pollution

"On World Environment Day this year, I’m adding my voice to support solutions to plastic pollution. It’s a global issue, but it's something that we can address in our day to day lives"... More »

Kiribati in Danger

A presentation by Rock Lee , 11 years old, artist , environmentalist and member of UNEP Tunza ICC from Seoul, Korea. * The Republic of Kiribati is an island nation in the central tropical Pacific Ocean, and is composed of 32 atolls and one raised coral island.

Islands of the Future

The music for “Islands of the Future” was created by a group called Gentlemen Without Weapons (GWW). No conventional musical instruments were used except the haunting sound of a Balinese gamelan. More »

YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY

A groundbreaking documentary series event premiered this month on the SHOWTIME cable television channel, harnesses the power of UNEP’s Goodwill Ambassadors... to explore the human impact of climate change.

Greening Tourism in Small Island Developing States

Tourism is a vital sector of the economies of most SIDS For more than a half of them, it is the largest source of foreign exchange.

Building a Green Economy in Barbados: Maximizing Solar Energy

In Barbados, one of the major environmental concerns is the island’s over dependence on imported fossil fuels. The Barbadian government’s National Strategic Plan...

Fighting Floods in Fiji

Flash flooding, surface flooding from high rainfall, coastal flooding from storm surges, shoreline erosion...

Climate Change: A Big Challenge for Small Caribbean Islands

The combined emissions of small islands represent less than 1 per cent of global emissions. Yet these islands are the most vulnerable to changes in climate patterns...

Seychelles: Finding Solutions to Water Scarcity

The Seychelles government adopts a bill that adds rainwater harvesting to national building codes, following the success of a small scale UNEP-UNDP demonstration project in schools.

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