India is Global Host for World Environment Day 2018

India will be the Global Host for World Environment Day (WED) 2018 which is observed annually on 5 June. The central theme for this year is ‘Plastic Pollution”. In this regard, Letter of Intent (LoI) was signed between India and UN Environment in New Delhi.

WED 2018 will be celebrated across the length and breadth of the country. It will involve all States and Union Territories, districts, local bodies and organizations. Moreover, a week-long environmental awareness campaign and pollution mitigation activities will be planned in Delhi and other parts of the country.

Background

World Environment Day (WED) observed annually on 5 June for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. It was established by United Nations General Assembly to mark opening of United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in 1972. The first World Environment Day was observed in 1973 and since then it is being held every year with different themes. WED serves as a flagship campaign for raising awareness on emerging environmental issues from marine pollution, human overpopulation, and global warming, to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime.

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