World Environment Day comes at a unique moment this year in advance of the Rio+20 Conference scheduled to start in 2 weeks. “Rio+20 is our opportunity to deepen global commitment to sustainable development. We should agree that the world needs a set of sustainable development goals that will build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). And we should make progress on some of the building blocks of sustainability – energy, water, food, cities, oceans, jobs and the empowerment of women,” is the message of the UNSG Ban Ki-moon. “Sustainability entails providing opportunity for all by balancing the social, economic and environmental dimensions of development. We have to rebut the myth that there is conflict between economic and environmental health. With smart policies and the right investments, countries can protect their environment, grow their economies, generate decent jobs and accelerate social progress.” See Film for Blog Report - “Rio+20 – Your Future?"
Observance of World Environment Day began in 1972 as a way to raise awareness of the environment and encourage political attention and action. This year’s theme for the Day, Green Economy: Does it include you?, seeks to underscore the need for everyone to play a part in keeping humankind’s ecological footprints within planetary boundaries. See our Blog for Film: “Champions of Earth Winners for 2012”.
Bottom Photo (UNEP) Gisele Bundchen & UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner at Celebrations in Brazil.