WED Global Roundup
UNEP International Environmental Technology Centre, together with Osaka City Government, are organising a seminar on 5 June focused on the theme – Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care. The seminar is targeting the private sector in Osaka, especially small and medium-sized companies.
UNEP has organised an information stand for the United Nations, in which - together with the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC), UNESCO and FAO - we will provide information on climate change and the upcoming COP21, as well as on sustainable consumption, the global theme of World Environment Day. An infographic has been produced by UNRIC in collaboration with UNEP and UNFCCC that will inform the public of everyday actions they can take to live in a more sustainable and eco-friendly manner. This feature includes a demonstration of vertical urban gardening and awareness-raising games on sustainable consumption and energy efficiency.
Celebrations will begin on May 31st and end on June 6th. There will be various activities to promote awareness for sustainable consumption, including film screenings to the general public and at public schools; Cycle Tour in Brasilia; workshops on clothing and reuse of food; ceremony in celebration for WED to be held at the UN House; an organic fair; and social media campaign.
Cote d'Ivoire plan to have a mobile marketing truck passing through 3 cities and focusing on consumption patterns in these areas, involving local and consumer groups. In addition there will be a Family Awareness Event/ Journées Portes ouvertes involving different environmental stakeholders, universities, research institutes etc. There will also be TV panel discussions.
WED celebrations 2015 are being coordinated by the Geneva Environment Network Secretariat team, with the contribution of various international governmental and non-governmental organizations and local authorities.
As part of the celebrations, events have been organised over three days to include an Environmental Quiz; a UNOG Library talk presenting the Garbage Patch State; an Edora cafétérias green men; a Ciné-ONU screening of the movie "Virunga" at the Maison de la Paix, inside the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies; and a Geneva Environment Roundtable on Sustainable Procurement will take place at the Maison Internationale de L'Environement.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
WED 2015 will be celebrated in the UN House in Sarajevo on June 5. UNEP’s Sarajevo office has decided that WED 2015 will also serve to launch Sarajevo’s Summer for the Environment through a press conference and joint UN release, followed by a visit to the protected areas in the Sarajevo Canton.
Following UNEP’s successful production of a short film on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s biological and landscape diversity was a great success, awareness-raising activities on nature conservation through art will be held at the most important cultural event in the region – the Sarajevo Film Festival.
UNEP Vienna, together with GRASP, GRID-Arendal and UNIS, will organize two public events for WED. The theme for both will focus on “Human-wildlife conflicts in mountain regions.” Local organization of the event will be led by UNEP Vienna as part of a collaboration between ROE, GRASP and ROA.
The events will feature the launch of a photo exhibition, whereby exceptional pictures of great apes will represent the often very difficult relationship between humans and wildlife. The exhibition will be organized for 5 June in the Rotunda at the Vienna International Center and will remain open until 30 June. The event will also feature the European launch of the newly produced African Mountain Atlas, to be published by UNEP at the forthcoming AMCEN meeting.
The second event will take place on Monday 8 June at the UNIS CineONU Event in Vienna’s TopKino and will feature the screening of the highly acclaimed documentary “Virunga.” The film focuses on the conservation work of rangers in Virunga National Park and the activity of a British oil company which began exploring for oil in the park despite it being a world heritage site, meaning extractive activities are not allowed.
WED in Brussels will be celebrated at the Parc du Cinquantenaire on 7 June, with the Fete de l’Environnement organised by the Brussels Region under the overall theme of climate. As in previous years, 20,000 visitors came to this family-friendly animated information village set up in the heart of the European Institutions area.
UNEP has organised an information stand for the United Nations which, together with the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC), UNESCO and FAO, will provide information on climate change and the upcoming COP21, as well as on sustainable consumption, the global theme of World Environment Day. An infographic has been produced by UNRIC in collaboration with UNEP and UNFCCC that will inform the public of everyday actions they can take to live in a more sustainable and eco-friendly manner. This feature includes a demonstration of vertical urban gardening and awareness-raising games on sustainable consumption and energy efficiency.
World Environment Day will also be promoted at Green Week (2-5 June) and the European Development Days (3-4 June) taking place in Brussels, as well as at a dedicated CineONU screening on 8 June, where will we show a documentary relating to climate change.