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International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

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The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict is held on November 6 each year.

Local names

NameLanguage
International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed ConflictEnglish
Día Internacional para la Prevención de la Explotación del Medio Ambiente en la Guerra y los Conflictos ArmadosSpanish
היום בינלאומית למניעת הניצול לאיכות הסביבה במלחמה וסכסוך מזויןHebrew
اليوم الدولي لمنع استخدام البيئة في الحروب والصراعات العسكريةArabic
국제 일 전쟁에서 환경의 착취와 무력 분쟁을 방지하기위한Korean
Internationaler Tag für die Verhütung der Ausbeutung der Umwelt in Kriegen und bewaffneten KonfliktenGerman

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict 2015

Friday, November 6, 2015
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The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict is annually held on November 6. It aims to educate people about the damaging effects of war and armed conflict on the environment.

The International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict helps people understand more about war's effects on the environment.

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What do people do?

Many people around the world, including government officials, scientists, journalists, educators, and business people, observe the UN’s International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict. Those who take part in the day spend time discussing about how the effects of war are damaging to the natural environment. They also work together to find ways to limit environmental destruction caused by armed conflict and war.

Seminars, speeches, lectures, news articles, radio talks, and classroom activities in schools that focus on the topic are some of the events that take place on this day. People learn and share information about the dangers of new technologies in war such as depleted uranium ammunition, which poses unknown threats to the environment. People around the world are also made aware that all efforts must be taken to limit environmental destruction caused by conflict.

Public life

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict is not a public holiday so public life is not affected.

Background

War and armed conflict has many damaging effects on the natural environment. For example, crops are destroyed, water supplies are poisoned and forests are burnt. New technology that is used for war means that the destruction and damage of the environment is more serious and the long-term consequences can be worse.

On November 5, 2001, the UN General Assembly declared November 6 of each year as the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict (resolution 56/4). The assembly considered that that any environmental damage in times of armed conflict impairs ecosystems and natural resources long after the period of conflict. This damage can often extend beyond the limits of national territories and today’s generation. The assembly also recalled the United Nations Millennium Declaration, which emphasized the necessity of working to protect the environment.

Symbols

The UN emblem is often found in online and print material used to promote events such as the United Nations’ (UN) International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict. The emblem consists of a projection of the globe centered on the North Pole. It depicts all continents except Antarctica and four concentric circles representing degrees of latitude. The projection is surrounded by images of olive branches, representing peace. The emblem is often blue, although it is printed in white on a blue background on the UN flag.

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
TueNov 62001International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed ConflictUnited Nations observance 
WedNov 62002International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed ConflictUnited Nations observance 
ThuNov 62003International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed ConflictUnited Nations observance 
SatNov 62004International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed ConflictUnited Nations observance 
SunNov 62005International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed ConflictUnited Nations observance 
MonNov 62006International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed ConflictUnited Nations observance 
TueNov 62007International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed ConflictUnited Nations observance 
ThuNov 62008International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed ConflictUnited Nations observance 
FriNov 62009International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed ConflictUnited Nations observance 
SatNov 62010International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed ConflictUnited Nations observance 
SunNov 62011International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed ConflictUnited Nations observance 
TueNov 62012International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed ConflictUnited Nations observance 
WedNov 62013International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed ConflictUnited Nations observance 
ThuNov 62014International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed ConflictUnited Nations observance 
FriNov 62015International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed ConflictUnited Nations observance 
SunNov 62016International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed ConflictUnited Nations observance 
MonNov 62017International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed ConflictUnited Nations observance 
TueNov 62018International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed ConflictUnited Nations observance 
WedNov 62019International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed ConflictUnited Nations observance 
FriNov 62020International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed ConflictUnited Nations observance 
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