This year the main WED event is hosted by the government and people of Mongolia, and focuses on the new UNEP and UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) campaign Think.Eat.Save. Reduce Your Foodprint, which is aimed at slashing food waste.
Mongolia is one of the fastest-growing countries in the world, and is aiming to ensure this growth goes hand in hand with a green economy and civilization. While Mongolia does not waste significant food, the traditional nomadic lifestyle of some of its people—who developed ways to preserve food for long periods—offers some ancient answers to the modern-day challenge of food waste.
Mongolia is prioritizing a Green Economy shift across its big economic sectors such as mining and promoting environmental awareness among youth.
Highlights of the WED 2013 programme in Mongolia include:
International Children’s Day
Various activities for children themed on the environment, including flashmobs. Central Square, Ulaanbaatar.
Flagged off by current marathon world record holder Patrick Makau, the UNEP Patron for Clean Air, the marathon will see thousands of runners wind through the city on a day where the city centre has been designated car free. Details
Green Development National Forum
Mongolia, which has placed a moratorium on new mining concessions while looking to a more sustainable future, will unveil its new green development plans—which include a focus on renewable energy and eco-tourism.
The Mongolia Renewable Energy Futures and Green Development conference will explore the relationship between renewable energy and green development in Mongolia, where there is a potential to redefine rational and sustainable growth. Details.
Launch of First Wind Farm
As part of its transition to a low-carbon future, Mongolia launches its first wind farm on Salhit Mountain in Tuv Province. Later in the day, the joint IFAD and UNEP-WCMC ‘Smallholders, Food Security and the Environment’ report will be launched.
Official WED Celebrations
The official WED celebrations take place, including the release of the joint UNEP-WRI working paper ‘Sustainable Food Futures’.