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Kathmandu: The World Environment Day is celebrated today all over the world organizing different environmental programs.
This year, the World Environment Day theme is “Raise your Voice, Not the Sea Level” which celebrates the remarkable resilience of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to the impacts of climate change.
Research shows that by 2100, global warming could lead to a sea-level rise of up to two meters, making many SIDS, including the Maldives, Kiribati and Tuvalu uninhabitable.
On this occasion , UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message : ‘ World Environment Day 2014 falls during the International Year of Small Island Developing States, declared by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness of the special needs of this diverse coalition as part of the global discussion on how to achieve a sustainable future for all.’
‘The world’s small island nations, which are collectively home to more than 63 million people, are renowned as prized destinations: places of outstanding natural beauty, vibrant culture and music appreciated around the globe. While small in total, the land size of small island nations does not reflect their importance as stewards of nature’s wealth on land and sea. They play an important role in protecting the oceans and many are biodiversity hotspots, containing some of the richest reservoirs of plants and animals on the planet.’
‘ Small island nations share a common understanding that we need to set our planet on a sustainable path. This demands the engagement of all sectors of society in all countries. On World Environment Day, millions of individuals, community groups and businesses from around the world take part in local projects from clean up campaigns to art exhibits to tree-planting drives. This year, I urge everyone to think about the plight of Small Island Developing States and to take inspiration from their efforts to address climate change, strengthen resilience and work for a sustainable future. Raise your voice, not the sea level. Planet Earth is our shared island. Let us join forces to protect it,’ Ban Ki-moon said.
UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said, “Every year, on June 5th, millions of people across the planet celebrate World Environment Day – coming together at community, national and regional levels to promote positive action on the most-pressing environmental challenges of our day. This year’s global host for World Environment Day is Barbados, one of many Small Island Developing States facing multi-dimensional issues that require integrated global action.”
Nepal also celebrated World Environment Day 2014 organizing different programs across the country. Different national and international organizations organized tree plantation and organized environmental programs on the occasion.
June 5 , 2014