Saudi Arabia, UNEP to host World Environment Day on June 5

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and the United Nations Environment Programme are celebrating World Environment Day on June 5, with the theme this year being “Our Land, Our Future.”

The ceremony will take place at the King Abdulaziz International Conference Center in Riyadh and will be attended by dignitaries, officials, experts and specialists from various countries.

According to the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, by hosting World Environment Day, the Kingdom reaffirms its commitment to protecting the environment and promoting sustainable development in line with the goals of Vision 2030.

With a focus on restoring land, combating desertification and ensuring drought resilience, the event will stress the need for global investment in conservation, land rehabilitation and sustainable practices.

The event highlights the importance of national and international cooperation and aims to promote efforts to restore global ecosystems to achieve sustainable development goals.

The ministry also said that the activities marking World Environment Day will help support the Kingdom’s efforts to restore and rehabilitate land, and highlight Saudi Arabia’s initiatives in this regard at the national, regional and international levels, which focus on developing vegetation, combating desertification, protecting natural habitats and reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

The event also aims to strengthen the G20 Global Land Initiative, launched during the Kingdom’s presidency of the 2020 G20 Summit, and to call for effective global participation in the 16th Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, scheduled to take place in Riyadh in December this year.

World Environment Day is one of the largest global platforms for environmental advocacy, supporting vital work to restore ecosystems around the world.

Countries around the world have committed to restoring one billion hectares of land, protecting 30 percent of land and sea for nature, and restoring 30 percent of our planet’s destroyed ecosystems.

World Environment Day 2024 supports the 2030 Agenda for a sustainable, resilient world and will strengthen climate action efforts by rallying support for ecosystem restoration.

Earlier, Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli stated that Saudi Arabia takes a holistic approach to the environment and focuses on protecting the natural environment and preserving biodiversity.

He said the country has implemented a number of national laws, policies and plans on environmental protection and sustainability, such as the “Green Initiatives” in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.

Al-Fadhli said Saudi Arabia played a central role in initiating the initiative to reduce land degradation and improve the conservation of terrestrial habitats, demonstrating its continued commitment at the global level.

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