Korea to host World Environment Day 2025 as the World battle with plastic pollution

– The world produces more than 430 million tonnes of plastic annually, two-thirds of which become waste, filling the ocean and, find their way into the human food chain.

John Cassim

HARARE, ZIMBABWE (CZ) – The Republic of Korea will host World Environment Day in 2025, with a focus on eradicating plastic pollution worldwide, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced.

The United Nations General Assembly declared June 5 to be World Environment Day in 1972. 

The Day has expanded over the past 50 years to become one of the biggest international platforms for environmental advocacy. 

Tens of millions of people take part in activities, events, and actions both offline and online around the world.

More than 430 million tonnes of plastic are produced globally each year, two-thirds of which are short-lived goods that quickly decompose into rubbish, fill the ocean, and frequently find their way into the human food chain.

The Fifth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee on Plastic Pollution, Including in the Marine Environment, will take place in the Republic of Korea in 2024. 

In accordance with resolution 5/14 of the United Nations Environment Assembly, the negotiations are intended to create a global, legally enforceable instrument on plastic pollution.

“World Environment Day in 2025 will be a watershed moment for the conservation of the global environment as we expect to have concluded the global plastic agreement.

As the host country of the 2025 World Environment Day, the Republic of Korea will lead international efforts to prevent plastic pollution,” said Republic of Korea Environment Minister Han Wha-jin.

To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, which include those on climate action, sustainable production and consumption, protection of seas and oceans, ecosystem restoration and biodiversity preservation, it is crucial to rid the earth of plastic litter.

“Strong partners and strong partnerships are the backbone of environmental multilateralism, and UNEP is grateful to the Republic of Korea for taking up the mantle of hosting World Environment Day 2025 in the pursuit of an end to plastic pollution,” said Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP.

– Saudi Arabia 

Saudi Arabia will host the 2024 World Environment Day, with an emphasis on land restoration, desertification, and drought resilience.

The occasion will serve as a reminder of the urgent need for international collaboration and coordinated activities to put the necessary policies and measures into place in order to protect and restore nature and secure a sustainable future.

Saudi Arabia has already begun implementing a number of projects under its National Environment Strategy as well as the Middle East Green and Saudi Green programs.

To ensure that the environment is protected in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Saudi government passed a new environmental law and launched the National Environmental Awareness campaign. 

In order to protect the environment in Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom also established the Environment Fund, five environmental centres, and the National Environment Week.

The Coral Research and Development Accelerator Platform and the Global Initiative on Reducing Land Degradation and Enhancing Conservation of Terrestrial Habitats were established globally to protect and restore both marine and terrestrial habitat while Saudi Arabia held the G20 presidency.

The UNEP’s executive director, Inger Andersen, commended Saudi Arabia’s cooperation in the worldwide initiative to restore the land and build drought resistance. 

She said UNEP and KSA would work harder to step up efforts to restore environment and protect the world for future generations.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have an environmental component, and World Environment Day has grown to be a crucial venue for supporting progress on these goals. 

Since 1973, more than 150 nations have taken part annually, under the leadership of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 

Meanwhile World Environment Day was this year hosted by Côte d’Ivoire, with the support of the Netherlands.

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