UNITED NATIONS, February 23 (APP): The head of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Inger Andersen, expressed her “immense thanks” to Pakistan for its move to host World Environment Day 2021.
The main day, to be celebrated in partnership with UNEP on June 5, will also mark the formal launch of the United Nations Decade for Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030.
“(Pakistan) will lead the global charge to restore our ecosystems,” said Anderson, UNEP’s executive director, in a statement.
The day, which aims to promote awareness and action on behalf of the environment worldwide, has grown over the years and has become the largest global platform of public environmental reach and is celebrated by millions of people worldwide.
The theme of this year’s Day will be the restoration of the ecosystem, with a special focus on creating a good relationship with nature.
The Prime Minister’s Advisor on Climate Change, Malik Amin Aslam, said it was “a great honor” for Pakistan to be selected by UNEP to host the day.
He said it was yet another global endorsement of the government’s nature-based approach under Prime Minister Imran Khan.
In New York, Pakistan’s ambassador to the UN, Munir Akram, reaffirmed Pakistan’s unwavering commitment to protecting nature and the environment.
“The COVID-19 pandemic and the climate catastrophe are strong reminders that we are on an unsustainable path,” said Ambassador Akram, emphasizing that it was time to increase investments in a dynamic, just and environmentally friendly economy.
Pakistan, he added, is dedicated to exploiting the potential of green jobs through its multisectoral ecosystem restoration initiative.
“The world must also join Pakistan in these efforts,” added the Pakistani envoy.