Every three seconds, the world loses enough forest to cover a football pitch and over the last century, we have destroyed half of our wetlands. As much as 50 per cent of our coral reefs have already been lost and up to 90 per cent of coral reefs could be lost by 2050, even if global warming is limited to an increase of 1.5°C.
COVID-19 emergence and spread has highlighted how shrinking the area of natural habitat for animals, can create ideal conditions for pathogens – including coronaviruses – to spread.
This World Environment Day, we focus on ecosystem restoration and its theme is “Reimagine. Recreate.Restore.”
Ecosystem restoration means healing nature and reversing the damage caused by humans. This World Environment Day will also kick off the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030), a global mission to revive billions of hectares, from forests to farmlands, from the top of mountains to the depth of the sea.
The UN system in India is committed to World Environment Day with agencies marking celebrating it through myriad events. Here is a compilation of all the events being organised by UN agencies in India.
United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office
Partnership with Discovery India for a digital campaign
1 to 7 June 2021
United Nations in India is partnering with Discovery India to highlight the issue of climate change through a creative medium. The globe in the logo of Discovery India will modify to melting earth symbolising the effects of climate change across the world. The social media creatives, Instagram and FB filters and a brand film will be released in the week leading up to World Environment Day. The campaign will roll out on UN and Discoveries digital handles and on television.
UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education and Policy
Advocacy campaign on environment and emotions
5 June – 20 June 2021
UNESCO MGIEP is launching an advocacy campaign to establish a clear link between nature and emotions. The campaign will build agency to deal with these emotions to act for the protection of the environment. It will reach out to school students, parents and teachers, both locally and globally, to encourage them to look at action-oriented solutions to issues of climate change and biodiversity. The campaign will be in partnership with UNICEF India and South Asia, UN India, United Nations Environment Programme, Earth Guardians and Mia Funk’s school.
Webinar on “Empowering Youth for Sustainable Consumption, Production and Ecosystem Restoration”
3 June 2021 | 11.00 am -12 noon
On the occasion of World Environment Day, SWITCH-Asia RPAC, in partnership with UNEP India and implemented by UNEP in partnership with Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce presents a webinar to highlight the vital role of applying sustainable consumption and production principles for resilient ecosystems with a focus on Sustainable Food Systems. This webinar aims to inspire youth action and engagement towards adopting sustainable, organic and healthy diets while being mindful of the packaging waste and issues around it.
Faith for Earth Councillors: Capacity and Development Programme
3 June 2021| 10.30 am – 12:30 pm
In 2021 UNEPs Faith for Earth launched the Faith for Earth National Coordination Hub in partnership with the United Religions Initiative (URI) in response to the climate crisis.
The UNEP India Office and URI launched the Faith for Earth Councillors Programme in March 2021, facilitating a series of training sessions to unite Faith-based Organisations to establish a common understanding for People and the Planet.
On World Environment Day, UNEP India Office and Faith for Earth Coordinator for India will host the Faith for Earth Councillor Recognition & Pledge Ceremony to launch a series of Action Plans co-created with the Councillors.
Climate Brunch Roundtable on Forest and Ecosystem Restoration
iForest in association with Embassy of Germany and UNEP India has organised a discussion on forest and ecosystem restoration.
4 June | 12.00 noon – 1.30 pm
Fashion Roundtable with SU.RE Signatories
4 June | 3.00 pm – 4.30 pm
Chef’s Roundtable for Sustainable and No Waste Cooking
5 June |
In partnership with Let Me Breathe and Twitter
Official commemoration of World Environment Day 2021
5 June | 11.00 am to 1.30 pm
In partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India, UNEP will hold the official commemoration of World Environment Day 2021. The commemoration will be addressed by Minister of Environment and Forests and Climate Change, Mr Prakash Javadekar and acting United Nations Resident Coordinator, Dr Yasmin Ali Haque.
Launch of the Act to Restore campaign in partnership
5 June | 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Centre for Environment Education (CEE) in partnership with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is launching a six-month Information-Education-Communication campaign, in line with the UN Decade for Restoration, this World Environment Day. The campaign involves young students (classes 5 -12) and teachers from schools across India. Other stakeholders like individuals, NGOs, young professionals, youth organisations, communities, journalists, corporates, etc. are also invited to join us in this crucial movement.
High Level Meeting in partnership with Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climat change
8 June | 3.20 pm to 5.00 pm
In partnership with UNEP India, GIZ India and FICCI.
United Nations Industrial Development Organisation
Managing Biomedical Waste in Covid19 times – Success Stories from ground zero
4 June | 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm
To highlight the highlights challenges of biomedicalwaste in India in the context of COVID-19, UNIDO, in collaboration with UNEP India, WHO South East Asia Office has organised a webinar on managing bio-medical waste in COVID times.
United Nations Information Cente for India and Bhutan
Best out of waste session
5 June |
In collaboration with IEEE, UNIC New Delhi has organised a best out of waste session for the youth to help you do your part for the planet by making use of waste to create something utilitarian🎨 and win attractive prizes🏆 and certificate of participation.