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World Environment Day 2020 - join the Youth Task Force

WED - “A platform for action & people’s day

World Environment Day is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Since it began in 1974, the event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.

Above all, World Environment Day is the "people's day" for doing something to take care of the Earth. That "something" can be local, national or global. It can be a solo action or involve a group. Everyone is free to choose.

WED 2020 - information, theme, host

We had an initial brainstorming call with the UNEP Secretariat last week about preparation for WED 2020. Given the COVID19 concerns, the mobilisation for this year and also most activities will be done virtually - such as webinars, online sessions, social media campaigns in the lead-up to WED, etc. 

Each WED is organized around a theme that draws attention to a particularly pressing environmental concern.


The theme for 2020 is biodiversity.

Every WED also has a different host country, where the official celebrations take place. The focus on the host country highlights the environmental challenges it faces and supports worldwide efforts to address them. This year's host is Colombia in partnership with Germany.

Constituting a Youth-Task force for WED2020

Based on discussions with the Secretariat, the youth constituency will be convening a Youth-Task Force comprising 2-3 representatives per region that would work closely with the UN WED team design and delivery of WED to incorporate youth voices and perspectives. 

We expect that the work of this Task Force will commence sometime toward the end of this month, tasks would include following - 

  • Working closely with the UN WED team on their toolkit design - reflecting the youth inputs and perspectives 

  • Working also with the UNEP regional offices on communication strategy around WED and youth 

  • Consulting actively within the constituency so that the work of member organisations can reflected and amplified 

  • In doing above tasks, Focal Points and relevant members of the coordination team will support and guide and the Task Force members

  • It will be voluntary role with upto 2-3hours per week of your time 


We want this Task Force to be diverse, comprising youth with backgrounds on policy advocacy, action, on-ground movements and community actors. 

If you would like to be a part of this Task Force, please make an application through link below.





Deadline for applications - 26th March 2020, 23.59 UTC

Read more about WED 2020 at-

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