WED 2013 in Mongolia
On 5 June 2013, UNEP announced that Mongolia would be one of the first countries in the Partnership for Action on the Green Economy (PAGE)—a major new initiative to assist the global transition to a green economy. Speaking during celebrations of WED in Ulaanbaatar—UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said the Mongolian government was committed to ensuring green and sustainable growth. Details
This day also marked the release of the new working paper, Reducing Food Loss and Waste, which shows that more than half of the food lost and wasted in Europe, the United States, Canada, and Australia occurs close to the fork—at the consumption stage. By contrast, in developing countries, about two-thirds of the food lost and wasted occurs close to the farm—after harvest and storage.
Reducing Food Loss and Waste was produced by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and UNEP, and draws on research from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Details
These were just a few of the highlights of 5 June, WED, which began with a tour of Khustai National Park and a visit to a traditional herder community. There are now over 280 of the horses living wild in the park, drawing in 9,000 foreign tourists each year. Mr. Steiner was invited to name a newborn horse, and called her Tunza—a Swahili word meaning ‘to treat with care and affection’ that is also the name of UNEP’s youth programme.