World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5 to create awareness and encourage efforts to protect the environment. This year the theme pertains to ‘solutions to plastic pollution’ with celebrations being hosted by Côte D’Ivoire – or the Ivory Coast in west Africa. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of World Environment Day.
“World Environment Day is the largest global platform for environmental public outreach and is celebrated by millions of people across the world. In 2023, it is hosted by Côte D’Ivoire,” reads an excerpt from the UN website.
Led by the United Nations Environment Programme, it was first established by the UN in 1972 during the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. Since then, celebrations have been hosted by numerous cities spread across the world.
Closer to home the list of host cities includes New Delhi which spearheaded the 2011 and 2018 events.