Get ready for the International Day for Biodiversity 22 May and prepare your 2016 Green Wave activity!
2014 was designated by the United Nations General Assembly of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States. For the occasion, the theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB), 22 May 2011, will be Islands Biodiversity. You are once again invited to celebrate the beauty and bountifulness of nature and eventually to learn about or care for islands biodiversity on this special day.
Each year on 12 August, the United Nations invites UN agencies, member states and civil society to join youth and youth organizations in celebrating International Youth Day (IYD).
It’s time to start planning your Green Wave celebrations! You have a little over a month to think about and prepare your special day. Each year participants in The Green Wave celebrate the International Day for Biodiversity (IDB) by holding a special event. On 22 May, participating groups plant an indigenous or locally important tree species at or near their school. In some countries it’s too hot, too cold, too rainy or too dry to plant in May, so groups plant in another month but still hold a special ceremony on 22 May. This year's theme for the IDB is Marine Biodiversity.
This year, the theme for World Water Day (WWD) is “Water and Food Security”.
The campaign reminds us that the world is thirsty because of our needs for food. Each of us needs to drink 2 to 4 litres of water every day. But it takes 2 000 to 5 000 litres of water to produce one person’s daily food.
Over 2800 children and youth aged 6 to 20 years of age from over 60 countries participated in this year’s Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA) International Drawing Competition. By taking part in this global contest and exploring the proposed topic, forest biodiversity, participants have contributed to the objectives of the "International Year of Forests 2011” to raise awareness on the vital role forests play in our lives.
The deadline for submission of entries to the 2011 YUNGA International Drawing Competition on the theme of Forests has been extended to 31 July 2011. Children and youth are invited to submit drawings that reflect issues concerning forests and why they are important to our world.