A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2006

Paribesh Bhawan, Salt Lake

June 5, 2006

World Environment Day, commemorated each year on 5 June, is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment. The theme selected for 2006 is 'Deserts and Desertification' and the slogan is 'Don't Desert Drylands!' The slogan emphasises the importance of protecting drylands, which cover more than 40 per cent of the planet’s surface. This ecosystem is home to one-third of the world’s people who are more vulnerable members of society. The main international celebrations of the World Environment Day 2006 will be held in Algeria.

he main celebrations of the World Environment Day 2006 in West Bengal was held at Paribesh Bhawan, Kolkata on June 5.Shri Manabendra Mukherjee, Hon'ble Minister-in-charge, Departments of Cottage & Small-Scale Industries & Tourism, Government of West Bengal was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Shri Mohanta Chatterjee, Hon'ble Minister-in-charge, Departments of Environment, Food Processing & Horticulture, Government of West Bengal presided over the function. Three publications and one CD bearing the following titles was released on the occasion:

On the occasion, a two-day 'Book Exhibition on Environment' organised in association with British Council Library, Kolkata was launched. The Book Exhibition was held within the premises of Paribesh Bhawan, Kolkata. About one hundred books on environment including WBPCB publications were displayed in the Exhibition.