31.05.2013 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

UNESCO sends the Think.Eat.Save message to celebrate the World Environment Day

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Environment Day, 5 June 2013.



The Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted every year, while 870 million people remain under-nourished. Such waste is unacceptable at a time when millions go hungry. With a rising impact on our environment, we must develop more sustainable methods of food production. We need to think about what we eat in order to save our planet.

This is the Think.Eat.Save message of World Environment Day. This must start with each of us, with the way we think and act, and this is why education is so important.

As lead agency for the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), UNESCO works to empower learners with new attitudes and values, to change their behaviours and lifestyles. Sustainability is a responsibility that we all share, and this includes eating wisely and saving food. Schools are the frontline in the struggle against waste, hunger and malnutrition. With UNEP, UNESCO’s YouthXchange initiative is a concrete example of our commitment to promote sustainability with young people.

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