Who's hosting 2021's World Environment Day?

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Pakistan will be the host of World Environment Day 2021 in partnership with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The theme will be ‘ecosystem restoration’ with a focus on resetting our relation with nature (Mirage News). In the announcement, Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP, said:

“2020 was a year of reckoning, facing multiple crises, including a global pandemic and the continued crises of climate, nature and pollution. In 2021, we must take deliberate steps to move from crisis to healing: and in so doing, we must recognize that the restoration of nature is imperative to the survival of our planet and the human race.”

“Pakistan has shown real leadership in efforts to restore the country’s forests; we are grateful for their commitment to host World Environment Day 2021 and lead the charge for all nations to restore our damaged ecosystems through the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.”

Boris Johnson told world leaders at the United Nations Security Council that climate change is a threat to national security (BBC). But are his words enough? Greenpeace UK's senior climate campaigner, Ariana Densham, commented:

“The Prime Minister is right to call for global action to avoid the catastrophic impacts of the climate crisis and the disruption to peace and security that it will bring. But such demands are almost laughable when you’re planning new coal mines at home and stripping funds for carbon-cutting energy efficiency measures. It’s weapons-grade hypocrisy. Until the government starts taking the Prime Minister’s advice, his climate leadership will lack any credibility.”

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