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World Environment Day

Quick Facts

World Environment Day is held each year on June 5. It is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations (UN) stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.

Local names

NameLanguage
World Environment DayEnglish
Día Mundial del Medio AmbienteSpanish
יום איכות הסביבה עולמיHebrew
اليوم العالمي للبيئةArabic
세계 환경의 날Korean
WeltumwelttagGerman

World Environment Day 2014

Thursday, June 5, 2014

World Environment Day 2015

Friday, June 5, 2015
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World Environment Day is held each year on June 5. It is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations (UN) stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.

UN Worl Enviroment Day

World Environment Day promotes ways to improve the earth's environment, such as conserving forests.

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What do people do?

World Environment Day is celebrated in many ways in countries such as Kenya, New Zealand, Poland, Spain and the United States. Activities include street rallies and parades, as well as concerts, tree planting, and clean-up campaigns. In many countries, this annual event is used to enhance political attention and action towards improving the environment. This observance also provides an opportunity to sign or ratify international environmental conventions.

Public life

The UN World Environment Day is not a public holiday, so public life is not affected.

Background

World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. Another resolution, adopted by the General Assembly the same day, led to the creation of UNEP. It is hosted every year by a different city and commemorated with an international exposition through the week of June 5.

Symbols

The main colors featured in many promotions for this event are natural colors depicting nature, the earth and its natural resources. These colors are often softer shades of green, brown and blue. Images of natural the earth's features, such as snowy mountains, clean beaches, unpolluted rivers, and photos of natural flora and fauna, including fern leaves, are used to promote campaigns supporting the day.

World Environment Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
TueJun 51990World Environment DayUnited Nations observance 
WedJun 51991World Environment DayUnited Nations observance 
FriJun 51992World Environment DayUnited Nations observance 
SatJun 51993World Environment DayUnited Nations observance 
SunJun 51994World Environment DayUnited Nations observance 
MonJun 51995World Environment DayUnited Nations observance 
WedJun 51996World Environment DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuJun 51997World Environment DayUnited Nations observance 
FriJun 51998World Environment DayUnited Nations observance 
SatJun 51999World Environment DayUnited Nations observance 
MonJun 52000World Environment DayUnited Nations observance 
TueJun 52001World Environment DayUnited Nations observance 
WedJun 52002World Environment DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuJun 52003World Environment DayUnited Nations observance 
SatJun 52004World Environment DayUnited Nations observance 
SunJun 52005World Environment DayUnited Nations observance 
MonJun 52006World Environment DayUnited Nations observance 
TueJun 52007World Environment DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuJun 52008World Environment DayUnited Nations observance 
FriJun 52009World Environment DayUnited Nations observance 
SatJun 52010World Environment DayUnited Nations observance 
SunJun 52011World Environment DayUnited Nations observance 
TueJun 52012World Environment DayUnited Nations observance 
WedJun 52013World Environment DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuJun 52014World Environment DayUnited Nations observance 
FriJun 52015World Environment DayUnited Nations observance 
SunJun 52016World Environment DayUnited Nations observance 
MonJun 52017World Environment DayUnited Nations observance 
TueJun 52018World Environment DayUnited Nations observance 
WedJun 52019World Environment DayUnited Nations observance 
FriJun 52020World Environment DayUnited Nations observance 
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