UN Regional Highlights

GLOBAL

GREENING THE BLUE

Greening the Blue is encouraging UN staff and others around the world to celebrate World Environment Day by making a pledge to reduce their foodprints. Read more »

GREEN UP

Love Your Leftovers is a competition that asks global citizens to show their love for leftovers, and submit a recipe that they use to clean out the fridge. Read more »

AFRICA

DR Congo

At the University of Kinshasa, UNEP will make a presentation on the impact of food waste on the environment (''Impact du gaspillage alimentaire sur l'environnement - Notre responsabilité à tous")  UNEP programme advisor Dieudonné Musibono, will discuss the food waste and loss issues and how it is everyone’s responsibility to call attention to its environmental impact.

Ethiopia

To celebrate WED, the UNEP Addis Office has organized a two-week campaign aimed at encouraging food waste reduction within the UN Economic Commission of Africa (UNECA) compound in Addis Ababa.

Kenya

UNEP and the FIM (International Federation of Motorcyclism) have been promoting the importance of sport and the environment for many years. To celebrate WED, Kenya Motor Sports Federation and East African Motor Sports Club organized a Motocross Race in Nairobi on 26 May 2013.
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Chinese Artist supports World Environment Day in Kenya
As part of the highlight events in Kenya to celebrate the upcoming World Environment Day, the Chinese artist Mr. Dong XIyuan, a true proponent of environmental protection, presented classic Chinese art works on the theme of “Man and Nature” and “Art and China”, as well as his special works for the exhibition, the “Africa-China collection at the headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi, on 3rd June, 2013.

The traditional Chinese ink and wash landscape painting advocates the syncretism between heaven and man, and is full of reverence toward nature. Dong Xiyuan hopes to express his concern and appeal to environmental protection by employing the Chinese art style. Visitors will be able to view the paintings at the UN Compound from 3 to 7 June 2013.
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ASIA AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Afghanistan

UNEP Afghanistan is   holding a workshop on Afghanistan’s Sustainable Development Public Private Partnership (PPP) at Kabul University.  The workshop will address topics such as: Waste Management; Sanitation; CO2 Reduction and Recycling in Afghanistan.

Lebanon

The UN Information Centre in Beirut (UNIC-Beirut) and the UNEP- Regional Office of West Asia (ROWA) are conducting an awareness campaign in the Arab region focusing on eliminating hunger and reducing food waste. Famous Lebanese singer Ragheb Alameh will be an advocate for the campaign and celebrations for WED.

The celebrations will include a media campaign to be aired on Future TV and Radio Orient. A TV spot featuring Ragheb Alameh will be broadcast on Lebanese and Arab TV stations during the month of June.

China

UNEP and Tongji University in Shanghai will hold the International Student Conference on Environment and Sustainability (ISCES) focusing on “Food, Health and Sustainable Development” starting 5 June.  Read more »

The UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) will engage attendees to Think.Eat.Save Reduce Your Foodprint at its gala dinner which will be part of the UNEP FI Global Roundtable on 12 November 2013 in Beijing. Read more »

The Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People’s Republic of China (MEP) is holding a series of environmental campaigns. This includes the launch of the “Environmental Protection Envoys and Female Ambassador Building Beautiful China Action Program” as well as a WED-themed concert.  Public-service ads, posters and special programs will also get the word out on this year’s WED theme.  Additionally, the MEP staff canteen plans to build a healthy dining environment to encourage sustainable consumption while minimizing food waste.

On 7 June 2013 the UN Sustainable Consumption Forum will engage key government officials, academia, business, civil society and media on sustainable consumption issues. The forum will seek to be a “green meeting”, promoting energy-efficient transportation modes to and from the venue as well as good eating habits. It is co-organized by the UN China and the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau, with the support of Beijing Environmental Protection Publicity Center.

Thailand

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand, working with UNEP, has launched a public awareness campaign on the importance of sustainable lifestyles. The campaign will encourage the public to become more aware of the environmental impact of the food choices they make.
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Additionally, the UN is working with the caterer Sodexo to help engage people on the WED theme. Institutional activities will include a “Wasteless Week” from 3 to 7 June as well as the preparation of an organic menu for the week of 10 to 14 June 2013.

EUROPE

Austria

The “Big Foot: Crossing Generations, Crossing Mountains” conference at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) will be held starting 5 June until 6 June 2013. The conference will present the Big Foot project on behalf of the Big Foot Project partnership, and the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), devoted to intergenerational learning in the European mountain areas, and developed in the framework of the European Union Lifelong Learning Programme.

The conference will feature case studies, poster sessions, and working groups on intergenerational learning for sustainable (rural) development. The programme includes keynote speeches by Alan Hatton-Yeo, Chief Executive of the Beth Johnson  Foundation, and Jan Dusik, Acting Director of UNEP Regional Office. Read more »

Belgium

In Brussels, World Environment Day is being celebrated on Tuesday 4 June 2013 with a special CineONU screening of “The Law of the Jungle”, in partnership with UNRIC and the Millennium Film Festival. The film concerns indigenous peoples’ environmental rights, and touches on calls for a crime of ‘ecocide’. The event is followed by a panel debate with UNEP’s Chris Vanden Bilcke, MEP Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy,  Leida Rijnhout or ANPED and the film’s director Michael Christoffersen.
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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital and largest city Sarajevo will proudly be the European hub of this year’s World Environment Day celebrations. On 5 June 2013, the city will host environmental experts, in a series of events focused on engaging citizens on food waste and its environmental impact.
The announcement was made by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the local co-organizer of the celebration. Sarajevo will thus be the European host for the biggest day for environmental action, signifying the importance of the environment on the country’s political agenda. 

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Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Russia and Sweden

In the occasion of World Environment Day, 5 June,  the UN and the Nordic Council of Ministers launch a Nordic-Baltic Ad Competition to support the fight against food waste.  
 
The Nordic-Baltic Ad Competition calls on designers to create an awareness raising advertising to draw attention to the problem of increasing food waste.
 
The first prize in the competition is the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Award of 5,000 EUR. The winning entry will be used globally in the “Think.Eat.Save –Reduce your foodprint” campaign, as well as published in newspapers and exhibited in displays and events around Europe.
 
It is the fourth time UNRIC, the UN Information Centre in Brussels, calls on designers, professionals as well as amateurs, to compete on the best awareness raising advertisement on global issues. This time, the competition is open to the citizens of the Nordic countries, the Baltic States and North-Western Russia.
The competition is hosted on the website http://www.thinkeatsave.org/nordiccompetition  
 
The prize will be handed to the winner at a Feeding the 5,000 event in the Copenhagen City Town Hall Square, Raadhuspladsen, on 4 October, organized by the Stop Wasting Food movement Denmark (Stop Spild Af Mad), Denmark‘s biggest NGO against food waste, and an official “Think.Eat.Save” Partner in Denmark.

Moscow

On 4 June, UNEP Moscow Office and UN Information Centre in Moscow will organize a soirée dedicated to the World Environment Day. The event, focused on this year's WED theme “Think.Eat.Save - Reduce Your Foodprint”, is also being organized as part of the campaign for the International Year of Water Cooperation, 2013. In the framework of the Year of Water Cooperation, we will unveil a unique photo exhibition “Baikal. The Kingdom of Water and Ice” by Olga Kamenskaya, winner of several prestigious art photo competitions. The main inspiration for her work is the relationship between human beings and nature, comprehending the literally unearthly beauty of the underwater world.

The 4th environmental film festival, H2O, will take place in Moscow on 6-9 June. It will present another selection of environmental documentaries from all over the world. The festival edition of 2013 is entirely devoted to water. Enthusiasts in many big cities across the world – Toronto, London, New York – are fighting to release rivers from their underground confines and return them their previous pivotal roles in the development of the cities. World-renowned French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand, famous for his photo series “Earth from Above”, casts his mighty lens towards the substance pivotal to the survival of the planet, t.i. fresh water. Erin Brockovich, a lawyer made famous by a Julia Roberts-starring Hollywood movie released fifteen years ago, still fights against unhealthy water-purifying practices. Unique diving machines called “MIR” offer viewers a glimpse into the underwater world of Baikal, the deepest fresh water lake in the world. All the festival screenings and additional activities are free of charge.  

Switzerland

On 5 June 2013, the Geneva Environment Network (GEN) will hold a roundtable on the WED theme. The events include an exhibition and food waste recycling demonstration at the  Place du Rhône, as well as  film screening and debate. Read more »

NORTH AMERICA

Portland, Oregon

The City of Portland will host this year’s North American WED celebrations. The UNEP Regional Office for North America has organized a variety of public events in the city will lead up to the main event on 5 June 2013.

Activities to be held in Portland on 5 June will include an exhibition of the International Children’s Painting Competition sponsored by Bayer Corporation, and an interactive environmental workshop for high school students led by Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the nation’s first female African-American astronaut.

LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN

Haiti and Dominican Republic

The Ministry of the Environment of Haiti will launch, in conjunction with the Ministry of the Environment of the Dominican Republic, UNEP and UNDP, a report on the border zone between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The report presents the findings and recommendations of an 18-month long assessment of the 380 km border between Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and the Dominican Republic, a middle-income country.

Mexico

The 2013-2014 edition of the International Poster Biennial in Mexico is aiming at promoting a global effort to avoid food waste, while ensuring that the skills of artists throughout the world are not wasted either.

The D category of the Biennial, supported by UNEP’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, is embracing this year’s World Environment Day theme “Think.Eat.Save: Reduce Your Foodprint”.

The International Poster Biennial of Mexico is highlighting that, regardless of where we live, we—producers, retailers and consumers—all have a vital role to play in order to put an end to food loss and waste in the planet. Artists and designers have an even more important mission to achieve through their hands: to contribute to opening people’s eyes and minds, so that all the food produced ends up feeding the people of the world.