Mongolia to host World Environment Day 2013

February 28, 2013 • Philip BurgessBlog, Nomadic Herders, Projects


At the UNEP Governing Council Session in Nairobi, 18-22 December, it was announced that Mongolia had been selected as host country for the World Environment Day! Today the Nomadic Herders’ team has been in discussions with the Ministry of Environment and Development, who are keen to showcase the Nomadic Herders project and raise awareness of the issues of reindeer herding and sustainable pastoralism in Mongolia.

(From the UNEP Press Release) Nairobi, February 22 2013 – Mongolia, which is prioritizing a Green Economy shift across its big economic sectors such as mining and promoting environmental awareness among  youth, is to host this year’s World Environment Day (WED) celebrations on June 5, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today.

The 2013 theme for the event, the single biggest day for positive action on the environment worldwide, is Think.Eat.Save. Reduce Your Foodprint – building on the global campaign of the same name to reduce food waste and loss launched earlier this year by UNEP, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and partners.

UNEP made the announcement during the close of its first Governing Council session under universal membership, where hundreds of environment ministers, senior UN officials, and civil society representatives met to discuss some of the most-pressing environmental issues of the day, including food waste as part of the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient future.

Mongolia’s President Tsakhia Elbegdorj was named as one of six recipients of UNEP’s Champions of the Earth 2012 award for leadership that had a positive impact on the environment.

“Mongolia is facing enormous challenges including growing pressure on food security, traditional nomadic herding and water supplies as a result of the impacts of climate change,” said UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. “Indeed it is estimated that annual mean temperature has increased by over 2°C during the last 70 years and precipitation has decreased in most regions, except the western part of the country, indicating that Mongolia is among the most vulnerable nations in the world to global warming.”

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For a visual of how Ulan Bator looks today – see this slideshow on Bloomberg

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