Connect with the World Wide Web of Life

The theme, Connect with the World Wide Web of Life, reflected the need to make the connection, in whatever way we could, between ourselves and all life on Earth. That connection could have been through modern technology, traditional means or by joining hands with other individuals and organizations. World Environment Day 2001 provided an excellent opportunity to translate that connection into action.

In 2001, for the first time, this special event took place in two cities: Torino, Italy and Havana, Cuba. In addition there were significant links to Hue, Vietnam and Nairobi, Kenya.

The main event, held on 5 June, culminated with the presentation of UNEP's Global 500 awards to environmentalists, from every corner of the world, who had made outstanding contributions to the protection of the environment. These environmentalists were members of a broad and growing environmental movement that was flowering around the world. They had taken the part that most of us hesitate to take for want of time and caring, and in honoring them UNEP sought inspiration from their extraordinary deeds.