World Environment Day 2013

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World Environment Day (WED) aims to be the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. WED activities take place year-round but climax on 5 June. WED celebrations began in 1972 and have grown to become a major vehicle through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action. 

The theme for 2013 is Think.Eat.Save. Reduce Your Foodprint, building on the global campaign of the same name to reduce food waste and loss launched earlier this year by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and partners. According to FAO, every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted. This is equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, 1 in every 7 people in the world go to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger. 

Given this enormous imbalance in lifestyles and the resultant devastating effects on the environment, this year’s theme encourages us all to become more aware of the environmental impact of the food choices we make and empowers us to make informed decisions. Mongolia is the global host for this year’s WED celebrations.

ICIMOD celebrates this important day each year. The following activities are proposed for this year:

Centre-Level Activities

  • Message from the Director General
  • Newspaper articles in major dailies
  • Dialogue Forum by Dr Jagannath Adhikari, Visiting Professor, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia on ‘Food Security and Poverty in Marginal Mountain Regions in the Himalaya: Globalization and Local Conditions’
  • Results of the Digital Photo Contest ‘Water and Life’ followed by a presentation on the photo contest
  • Photo exhibition, ‘Water and Life’ (selected top entries from the photo contest)
  • Street Drama, “Bhanchha Ghar” (Kitchen) by Mandapika Art Group
  • In-house Think.Eat.Save. Reduce Your Foodprint campaign
  • Adopt a tree and watch it grow! 

Regional-Level Activities

Nepal

ICIMOD will take part and support programmes led by the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology (MoEST), Government of Nepal 

With the Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI-BIRD), along with local government bodies, ICIMOD will support a secondary school-level art and essay competition in Dhobi Bazaar in Ramechhap District, Nepal

Pakistan 

The ICIMOD Country Office along with its partners are organizing the following events:

    • Inaugural Session 
    • Students’ debate: Think. Eat. Save. Reduce Your Foodprint
    • Competition: Minimum wastage in food consumption
    • Environment poetry in national language
    • Exhibition: Minimize food wastage