about wed

about wed


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 celebrated in over 100 countries.This year's host country is Colombia, in partnership with Germany.

Learn more here: https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/


Every WED is organised around a theme that draws attention to a specific environmental concern. 

The theme for 2020 is Biodiversity.

Biodiversity is threatened like never before. This year's theme invites us all to consider how we can make changes to our everyday lives to to draw attention to the need for restoring nature and reversing biodiversity loss.

youth task force

Based on discussions with the Secretariat, the youth constituency convened a Youth Task Force comprising 2-3 representatives per region who work closely with the UN WED team to incorporate youth voices and perspectives. Our task force was selected from roughly 200 applicants around the world and reflects a diversity of backgrounds and skillsets that will see maximum youth empowerment over the coming months. Read on to find out more about the team and their work!


To help support children and youth events on World Environment Day, UNEP, supported by the Youth Task Force, has specially curated a toolkit for WED. 

The document answers your questions on what to organise, and how. It even provides games, quizzes and visuals that you can directly use to organise a WED event in your community.

Please find the toolkit here: 

Let us know and we'll add it to our campaign! All youth-led events, whether local, regional or international, are welcome.

Are you organising an activity for WED 2020?  

Here at UNEP MGCY, we want to celebrate and uplift the voices of youth. Tell us about biodiversity campaigns or initiatives you've organised in the past!

Share your story!
Interested to join an event in your region? 

Check out the list of registered events here!

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