World Environment Day Celebrates Green Economy


Last year, the U.S. Mission in Geneva Marked World Environment Day with a "Recycling Labyrinth". Source: Eric Bridiers/U.S. Mission, Geneva

World Environment Day (and its organizer, the United Nations Environment Program)  is turning 40 this year. Launched in 1972 to promote global and local environmental action, WED  is rallying around the theme Green Economy: Does it include you?

Events unfolding on June 5 in the this year's host country, Brazil, and around the world  are showing everyday citizens how they can help shape a sustainable future. They are also drumming up excitement for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which will jumpstart global efforts to implement a green economy.

This year’s theme, said United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon in a statement, underscores the “need for everyone to play their part in keeping humankind's ecological footprint within planetary boundaries.”

IFPRI researchers will be active participants at Rio+20. In addition to leading and participating in official side events, IFPRI researchers will take part in Agriculture and Rural Development Day, the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum, and  World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. Read more about IFPRI’s Rio+20-related activities and viewpoints here.