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WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY – 5 June
The Wonder of Nature outside my window – the cygnets are growing.
UNSG Ban Ki-moon: “Raise Your Voice, not the Sea Level”
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=47965#.U5Bu9hVX-uZ

The Wonder of Nature outside my window – the cygnets are growing.
UNSG Ban Ki-moon: “Raise Your Voice, not the Sea Level”

The Wonder of Nature outside my window – the cygnets are growing.
UNSG Ban Ki-moon: “Raise Your Voice, not the Sea Level”

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Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia & Herzegovina is no stranger to hospitality. The famous venue of the 1984 Winter Olympics is this year’s European host of World Environment Day (WED). Orchestrated by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), http://www.unep.org/  WED is an annual event whose tradition began in 1972.

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A catalyst for environmental awareness, education, and action, WED’s year-round activities culminate on 5 June every year. “Think.Eat.Save” is the 2013 theme, with food waste reduction as the focus.

Bosnia & Herzegovina is a land rich in natural resources, geographic treasures, majestic mountains, and clean waterways. It is also a land that is blessed with a vibrant culture, tradition, and cuisine. Sharing food or a coffee with a friend, neighbor, or family is the inspiration for its WED message  “Because We Care: We Share!”
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Creating economic growth and sustainable livelihoods for all citizens is the focus of Bosnia & Herzegovina and the goal for all global citizens as we come to accept responsibility and make constructive action plans to leave a more positive environmental footprint for future generations.

Meanwhile, any neighbors or friends coming tomorrow night for a little “chvapi” on the barbie?

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By, Susan Sacirbey

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Photos: Courtesy of sarajevotimes.com, wikitravel.org, members.virtualtourist.com

Advisory Council for Bosnia & Herzegovina (ACBH) PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Ajla Delkic, Executive Director 202-347-6742
Savajevo to host “World Environment Day”

 June 3, 2013 – Washington, D.C. – ACBH joined other Bosnian and international partners this year in showing support for the city of Sarajevo who is this year’s host of the World Environment Day (WED) for the European region. On June 5th of each year, cities across the globe celebrate WED with a goal to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action. WED is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and this year’s theme is “Think.Eat.Save” which focuses on reducing food waste.

Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is a country that is rich in natural resources and UNEP has focused its support to ensure that BiH creates economic growth and sustainable livelihoods for all of its citizens. In addition, BiH has a well-established tradition and culture that is based on helping fellow citizens. Gathering around the table and sharing food with others is an important aspect of BiH’s culture. In solidarity with those values, BiH’s message for the WED celebration is: Because we care: we share!  
 
Organizers of WED in Sarajevo believe that the idea of sharing could spark solutions to many of the current global challenges. To mark the event on June 3rd, there will be a round table on sharing and innovations and the screening of the documentary ‘Taste the Waste’.
 
On June 4th, citizens will have the opportunity to participate in a public event at Wilson’s Lane, during which there will be a cycling event for children and youth. The event will conclude with a reception at the Embassy of Austria.
 
BiH is a nature rich country with a vibrant history, and its natural beauty can be found in both its people and its land.  
 
We invite you all to share the unique experience of WED in Sarajevo. To learn more please click on: www.dosarajevo.com.
 
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ACBH is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the interests of Bosnian Americans and works to improve relations between the United States and BiH. ACBH advocates for a democratic, multiethnic, and indivisible BiH with a primary goal of advancing the integration of BiH into the EU and NATO.  

ECOLOGY-DIPLOMAT Blog Report: ENVIRONMENT WINNERS, By Ambassador Mo
Environmental action inspired/galvanized by Australia, Bangladesh, Colombia, India, & Kenya based projects gained recognition/awards for this year’s World Environment Day Challenge in announcement made this week (August 2) by UN.  The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) challenged people across the world to pledge an environmental activity for chance to win a Kia Motors fuel-efficient car. –MORE–
http://diplomaticallyincorrect.org/blog_post/environment-winners/55325Image

ECOLOGY DIPLOMAT Blog Report: WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY SETS HOPES FOR RIO+20, By Ambassador Mo
World Environment Day comes at a unique moment this year in advance of Rio+20 Conference scheduled to start in 2 weeks. “Rio+20 is our opportunity to deepen global commitment to sustainable development. We should make progress on some of the building blocks of sustainability – energy, water, food, cities, oceans, jobs & empowerment of women,” is message of UNSG Ban Ki-moon. -More-
http://diplomaticallyincorrect.org/blog_post/world-environment-day-sets-hopes-for-rio20/53703Image