India will be the global nation to host the celebrations of World Environment Day (WED) this year on 5th June 2018.
A letter of Intent was signed between the Union environment secretary C K Mishra and the United Nations Under-Secretary-General & Head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Erik Solheim on 19th February 2018 in New Delhi.
Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Erik Solheim, jointly made the announcement on the occasion.
The World Environment Day is observed globally every year on 5th June with an aim to establish & enhance awareness among people for emerging environmental issues such as marine pollution, human overpopulation, wildlife crime and global warming etc.
This year, World Environment Day-2018 will be celebrated with the theme 'Beat Plastic Pollution'.
The WED-2018 theme chiefly aims to appeal Industry, Governments, Communities and Individuals to collaborate together and explore sustainable alternatives to reduce the production and excessive use of single-use plastic that is polluting oceans, that is damaging marine life and threatening human health.