The United Nations began its World Environment Day celebrations a day early today by using WED to highlight the progress that’s been made internally to move the UN-family towards greater sustainability, whilst also pushing for deeper, faster change in all UN organizations. The UN launched a stunning new website today called Greening the Blue. The site provides a one-stop shop for information on current activities to create a more sustainable UN, as well as details of next the steps on our journey towards greater sustainability.
Vientiane, Laos - Laos commemorated WED at a donors meeting with participation from Water Resources and Environment Administration (WREA), IUCN, WWF, UNDP, UNEP and Department of Forestry. Activities included a poem competition, a debate on biodiversity and social economic development, launch of the Green school programme in 14 schools in Vientiane and a clean and green country programme.
Along with T-shirts and brochures that were distributed during the day, interviews with the Laotian Prime Minister, the Head of WREA, the Director of the Department of Environment and UNEP Deputy Regional Director were broadcast on Laotian TV from 4 June. Other TV, radio and print media programmes went ahead, in addition to short messages on WED disseminated via mobile phones.
Beijing, China - UNEP and UNDP co-sponsored a WED celebration in Beijing at the Great Hall of the People, 4th June. State leaders attended the WED Celebration Conference, co-organized by MEP, NPC Special Committee on Environmental and Resources, CPPCC Special Committee on Human Resources and Environment, National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Science, Ministry of Education, Communist Youth League of China and the All-China Women Federation.
The conference highlighted the outcome of China’s Young Environmental Envoys programme and launched environmental protection stamps. There were around 700 participants from the Ministries, the Center for Environmental Education and Communications of MEP, Beijing Municipal Center for Environmental Education, UNEP and UNDP, representatives of the China’s Young Environment Envoys, students, the Beijing Post Company and the media. Mr. Zhang Shigang, Coordinator of UNEP China Office attended this high level event on UNEP’s behalf.
UNEP's Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) continued its Cultural Environment Week today with a reading from poet Ali Sharkawi. Sharkawi was accompanied by live music. The Cultural Environment Week is being held in celebration of WED 2010 and the International Year of Biodiversity. UNEP ROWA worked in close collaboration with the Bahrain Environment Society and civil society associations to organize the event.