ICOM NATHIST has a relationship with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), providing mutual support to programs with common purpose. One of the most important programs is World Environment Day (WED) every 5th of June.
World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders in over 100 countries. It also serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.
This year, ICOM NATHIST is especially supportive, as its focus is taking action against illegal wildlife trafficking, in recent years one of the key strategic focuses of ICOM NATHIST.
WED aims to inspire more people around the world than ever before to take action to prevent the growing strain on planet Earth’s natural systems from reaching breaking point. This year’s theme is the fight against the illegal trade in wildlife, which erodes our precious biodiversity and threatens the survival of awesome species such as elephants, rhinos and tigers as well as many others that are less celebrated. It also undermines our economies, communities and security.
The WED Website provides ideas for getting involved raising awareness of WED and wildlife trafficking at this link. If you or your institution does an activity, let us know and we will promote it here.