Environment takes a hit: Repercussions of armed conflict

Facts

  • 6th of November, 2016 was observed as International Day for Preventing the exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
  • Ban Ki-Moon, on the occasion, called for prudent action on the part of governments and organisations for the protection of the environment by way of promotion of peace.
  • On 27th May, 2016 the United Nations Environment Assembly adopted a resolution recognizing the importance of healthy ecosystems and sustainable management of resources in reducing the chances of armed conflicts

Courtesy: Adel Al-Yousifi

Background

  • On 5th of November, 2001, the UN general Assembly declared 6 November as the International Day for Preventing the exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict.
  • The move was in line with the UN’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of peace, prosperity and dignity for all on a healthy planet.
  • The purpose behind it is to promote awareness among the masses regarding the longevity of the damage dealt to the environment and the earthly resources due to armed conflict.
  • This damage surpasses generations and territories, as had been stated in a report by United Nations Environment Programme.

Sources

– News Post compiled by Lettisha & Arya Warrier

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