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Saudi Arabia to host 2024 World Environment Day: UNEP

Saudi Arabia to host 2024 World Environment Day: UNEP
The Iran Project - The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) announced that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will hostthe 2024 World Environment Day, highlighting the Kingdoms pioneering efforts locally, regionally, and internationally and leading initiativesto raise awareness and promote action for the protection of our environment.

With a focus on land restoration, desertification, and drought resilience, the event, marked annually on 5 June, will reiteratethe pressing need for global cooperation and concerted efforts in implementing the right policies and actions to protect and restore nature and ensure a sustainable future.

World Environment Daywas established by the United Nations General Assemblyto emphasize the importance of participatory action to protect the environment. In line with this philosophy, Saudi Arabia has exerted diligent efforts, locally and regionally, by launching the Saudi Green and Middle East Green initiatives and implementing a set of initiatives under its National Environment Strategy. The Saudi government adopted the new Environmental law and the National Environmental Awareness program, to ensure the protection of the environment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom also launched the National Environment Week and established five environmental centers to conserve the environment in Saudi Arabia, as well as the Environment Fund.

Globally, and underSaudi Arabia's G20 presidency,the Coral Research and Development Accelerator Platform and the Global Initiative on Reducing Land Degradation and Enhancing Conservation of Terrestrial Habitatswere launched, to protect and restore both marine and terrestrial habitats.

Ms. Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Program (UNEP), welcomed Saudi Arabia participation in the collective global efforts to restore land and achieve drought resilience. She noted that UNEP and KSA will endeavor to intensify efforts to restore nature and preserve the planet for future generations.

World Environment Day has become the largest global platform dedicated by the United Nations toencouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environmentsince 1973. WithUNEP at the helm, over150 countries participate in the global celebrations every year.
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