The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) announced the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) will host the 2024 World Environment Day.

The event will highlight the Kingdom’s pioneering efforts locally, regionally and internationally, leading initiatives to raise awareness and promote action for the protection of the environment, according to a statement.

With a focus on land restoration, desertification, and drought resilience, the event, marked annually on June 5, will reiterate the 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.

UNEP Executive Director, Inger Andersen welcomed Saudi Arabia participation in the collective global efforts to restore land and achieve drought resilience, and noted that UNEP and KSA will endeavour to intensify efforts to restore nature and preserve the planet for future generations.

World Environment Day was established by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to emphasise the importance of participatory action to protect the environment.

In line with this philosophy, KSA 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 programme, to ensure the protection of the environment in the KSA.

The Kingdom also launched the National Environment Week and established five environmental centres to conserve the environment in the country, as well as the Environment Fund.

Since 1973, World Environment Day has become the largest global platform dedicated by the UN to encourage worldwide awareness and action for the environment. With UNEP at the helm, over 150 countries participate in the global celebrations every year.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency