UNESCO MESSAGE ON OCCASION OF WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
Paris, June 1 (No.2001-76)
- “Connect with the World Wide Web of Life” is the theme chosen by the
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for this year’s World Environment
Day, June 5. As the Organization in charge of science and education, UNESCO is
involved in this theme, as it seeks to foster study, experience-sharing and
awareness about our fragile environment.
As life-sustaining systems come
under growing pressure from human activity, it is essential, indeed vital, that
all contribute to reducing the causes of global warming, pollution, fresh water
scarcity and loss of biodiversity. The future of humankind is inexorably linked
to that of plants, animals and ecosystems, to our global biodiversity.
UNESCO seeks to contribute to
our understanding of the natural world and its processes, through its scientific
and environment-related programmes. Its 393 Biosphere Reserves in 94 countries
are thus a valuable network of laboratories where best practices towards
sustainable development are implemented and studied in close co-operation with
governments and civil society. As an educational Organization, UNESCO also seeks
to promote environmental education at all levels of schooling, formal and
governments can provide a framework for sustainable development that preserves
the ecological capital of the world, each and everyone of us can contribute to
the preservation of our environment. World Environment Day is an occasion for us
to realize that we are all permanently connected to the World Wide Web of Life.
Let us strive to understand it and to respect it. Our future depends on it.