World Environment Day


Poster for World Environment Day 2006World Environment Day was established by the UN General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. It is celebrated each year on 5 June.


Over the years it has become one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action. 


The agenda is to give a human face to environmental issues; empower people to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development; promote an understanding that communities are pivotal to changing attitudes towards environmental issues; and advocate partnership which will ensure all nations and peoples enjoy a safer and more prosperous future.


Every year activities are organized in more than 100 countries. Since 1987 a host city marks the start of the Day.


Themes of World Environment Day:


1974  Only one Earth

1975  Human Settlements Poster for World Environment Day 2005

1976  Water: Vital Resource for Life

1977  Ozone Layer Environmental Concern; Lands Loss and Soil Degradation

1978  Development Without Destruction

1979  Only One Future for Our Children - Development Without Destruction

1980  A New Challenge for the New Decade: Development Without Destruction

1981  Ground Water; Toxic Chemicals in Human Food Chains

1982  Ten Years After Stockholm (Renewal of Environmental Concerns)

1983  Managing and Disposing Hazardous Waste: Acid Rain and Energy

1984  Desertification

1985  Youth: Population and the Environment

1986  A Tree for Peace

1987  Environment and Shelter: More Than A Roof

1988  When People Put the Environment First, Development Will Last

1989  Global Warming; Global Warning

Poster for World Environment Day 19951990  Children and the Environment

1991  Climate Change. Need for Global Partnership

1992  Only One Earth, Care and Share

1993  Poverty and the Environment - Breaking the Vicious Circle

1994  One Earth One Family

1995  We the Peoples: United for the Global Environment

1996  Our Earth, Our Habitat, Our Home

1997  For Life on Earth

1998  For Life on Earth - Save Our Seas

1999  Our Earth - Our Future - Just Save It!

2000  The Environment Millennium - Time to Act

2001  Connect with the World Wide Web of Life

2002  Give Earth a Chance

2003  Water – Two Billion People are Dying for It!

2004  Wanted! Seas and Oceans – Dead or Alive?

2005  Green Cities – Plan for the Planet!

2006  Deserts and Desertification – Don’t Desert Drylands!

Poster for World Environment Day 20032007  Melting ice - A hot topic?

2008  Kick the habit! Towards a low carbon economy

2009  Your planet needs you - UNite to Combat Climate Change





World Environment Day on the UNEP website.



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Tunisia                          5 June 2000



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Tunisia                          5 June 1996



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Jersey                           5 June 2000



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Tunisia                          5 June 2008









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