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World Environment Day 2022: Celebrating 50 years


Once again, the Office of the Commissioner for Sustainable Development and Future Generations is promoting World Environment Day.

World Environment Day can be traced back to June in Stockholm, Sweden 50 years ago when the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment took place. Widely regarded as the first global environmental summit, it was here that the idea of a World Environment Day was formalised, with the first one held in 1973.

Since then, the annual event, which falls on 5 June, has helped both celebrate the planet and put a spotlight on the perils it is facing. Experts say that WED has also driven change, helping lead to landmark global treaties that cover everything from plastic pollution to food waste

Gibraltar‘s participation dates back to 1993 when it held its first World Environment Day event at the John Mackintosh Hall. Convened by our now Commissioner for Sustainable Development and Future Generations with contributions for leading experts and decision-makers in Gibraltar, the 1993 event was successful and lead the way to annual celebrations locally.

In 2020, the Office of the Commissioner is celebrating best practice of environment and sustainability in education. It is featuring a different initiative every day this week to inspire the transition of education towards sustainability. The initiatives are shared via the Offices’ social platforms.

If you are working in education and looking at ways of embedding sustainability into learning experiences we are keen to hear from you.

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