News World Environment Day 2013

World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated every year on 5th June to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 

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Source Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA)
Release date 08/05/2013
Contributor Djuma Nsanzimana
Geographical coverage Mondial
Keywords World Environment Day,

The World Environment Day (WED) is an annual event which is widely celebrated on 5th June.      The WED was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 and has grown to become one of the main vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and Climate Change to encourage political attention for positive environmental action.

 Every year, Rwanda commemorates the World Environment Day and dedicates a whole week to activities of raising awareness on environment and Climate Change issues. WED is a good opportunity to build upon the success made in 2010 when Rwanda successfully hosted WED 2010 under the theme “Many Species, One Planet”.

This year, the World Environment Day will be celebrated for the 41st time globally and Rwanda celebrates WED and the National Environment Week (NEW) for the 20th time. At this occasion, Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) will award the winners of “2012/2013 Best Environmental Performance Awards” for best performed Districts, CBOs/Cooperatives and Media Reporters.

At the international level, the host for World Environment Day, 5 June 2013, will be Mongolia, one of the World’s Fastest Growing Economies in a green path and the most vulnerable nation in the world to global warming.”


The theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations is “Think.Eat.Save”. This theme is dedicated to raise awareness on highlighting the magnitude of the food waste concern and its humanitarian, economic and environmental implications to policy makers, other stakeholders, and to consumers worldwide.

The most important goal of WED 2013 theme is to promote resource efficiency and sustainable production and consumption by reducing our foodprint and wasteful practices. It tackles the whole food chain from production through processing, consumption to final disposal

The 1st part of this theme (Think) encourages people to become aware of the environmental implication of food production and wasted food and therefore help save our environment.

In our homes, hotels and restaurants, they prepare more food than needed. A large amount of global food production is wasted every year (approximately 1.3 billion tonnes) while more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger. Food waste contributes to negative environmental impacts like increase of greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity loss. Waste of food means also waste of all the resources and inputs (Water, energy, etc) used in the production of all the food and more use of energy in food processing and final disposal generates greenhouse gases in the process of degradation in the landfill.

The 2nd part of this theme (Eat) encourages people to make informed decisions of the food choices while also improving the quality of their life. 

The 3rd part of this theme (Save) calls upon people for sustainable consumption, doing more and better with less, reduce their foodprint and adopt a more sustainable lifestyle, through Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.   

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