May 26, 2010
United Nations Environment Programme
Kigali/Nairobi/Worldwide - From Hollywood stars to schoolchildren, millions of people on every continent will take action for the planet on 5 June for World Environment Day.
Under the theme 'Many Species. One Planet. One Future', this year's event will celebrate the incredible diversity of life on Earth as part of the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity.
This year's global host, Rwanda - a country of exceptional biodiversity that has made huge strides on environmental protection - will lead the celebrations with three days of keynote events.
Thousands of activities will also be organized worldwide from Hong Kong to Abidjan, with beach clean-ups, concerts, exhibits, film festivals, community events and much more.
Global Celebrations in Rwanda
The 2010 global celebrations in Rwanda will involve three days of events on 3-5 June, culminating in the epic Kwita Izina gorilla-naming ceremony in the world famous Volcanoes National Park on 5 June.
This year's ceremony will be attended by 30,000 people and will involve Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Oscar-nominated actor Don Cheadle and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, among other high-profile figures who will have the honour of naming the baby gorillas.
2-5 June: UNEP-Bayer youth conference: 'African Youth Standing up for Biodiversity' with youth from across Africa.
4 June: Launch of the updated UNEP report and documentary on 'The Last Stand of the Gorilla'
5 June - World Environment Day:
WED events around the world
The celebrations in Rwanda are among the thousands of events that will take place around the globe on 5 June, from Qatar to Korea and from Serbia to Chile, to celebrate WED.
Here are a few WED highlights from every continent:
World Environment Day is the people's day for environmental action: everyone can take part. The WED 2010 website is more interactive than ever, with daily tips, information and statistics on biodiversity, and a platform where people around the world can register their activities. This year, the public have had a chance to vote for their favourite gorilla name - which will be announced by Don Cheadle on 5 June - and the winner of the WED Blogging Competition will travel to Rwanda to cover the epicentre of the WED celebrations.
Notes to Editors:
WED, organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) every year since 1972, is the UN's biggest global celebration for positive environmental action. The 2010 theme focuses on the central importance to humanity of the globe's wealth of species and ecosystems, in support of the 2010 UN International Year of Biodiversity.
This year's host country, Rwanda, was chosen for its combination of environmental richness, including rare species such as the mountain gorilla, allied to pioneering green policies.
Websites for more information:
WED website: http://www.unep.org/wed/2010/english/
Our world map of WED activities: http://www.unep.org/wed/2010/english/activitymap/
The gorilla-naming competition: http://www.unep.org/wed/2010/english/GorillaNaming/
The official website of the gorilla-naming ceremony: http://www.kwitizina.org/
10:10 campaign: www.1010global.org
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