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22 March 2012: World Water Day

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.

Announcing the winners of the YUNGA International Drawing Competition!

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.

31 extra days to participate in the YUNGA International Drawing Competition on Forests!

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.

YUNGA International Drawing Competition on Forests!

With a (new) deadline of 31 July 2011, entries are invited from children and young people to the 2011 YUNGA International Drawing Competition on the theme of Forests. The competition is linked to the 2011 International Year of Forests. The drawing should reflect issues concerning forests and why they are important to our world. It could depict everyday actions that contribute to conserve these important wonders. Any type of drawing material can be used with the exception of crayons – for example pens, pencils, paints or even computer graphic programmes.

Be part of the first Green Wave of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity!

Only two days before the 2011 Green Wave begins! This year’s wave is very special. It celebrates the importance of trees in our lives which echoes the theme of this year’s International Day on Biodiversity (IDB). And it is also the first wave of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB).

The Countdown Begins: 2011 Green Wave celebrations will take place in 30 days!

If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to start planning your Green Wave celebrations! You have 30 days 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.

International Year of Forests 2011

In 2010, millions of people contributed to the success of the International Year of Biodiversity and to making biodiversity a hot topic. This year, biodiversity remains in the spotlight as the United Nations declared 2011 the International Year of Forests (IYF). Forests contain some of our planet’s most vibrant ecosystems, displaying a wondrous variety of birds, animals, and plants.

Announcing the winners of the 2010 International Biodiversity Art Competition!

How do young people see life on Earth, the richness of ecosystems, the reasons underlying biodiversity loss and the actions required to stop this loss?

International Year of Youth

This year's International Youth Day on 12 August marks the beginning of the International Year of Youth (IYY), which will run until August 2011. Twenty-five years after the first IYY in 1985, the United Nations is once again shining the spotlight on the energy, imagination and initiative of young people in overcoming global challenges.

The 2010 Green Wave in Japan

After three months of preparation some 111,000 participants from 1,588 groups in 43 prefectures across Japan celebrated The Green Wave by planting and watering 254,000 trees on 22 May 2010, the International Day for Biological Diversity.

The national campaign, which offered opportunity for children and youth of Japan to join with Green Wave participants across the world, was jointly promoted by the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.