HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam plans to celebrate this year's World Environment Day, themed "Think.Eat.Save", in central Hue City on June 5.
According to the United Nations Environment Programme, the theme is intended to encourage people to become more aware of the environmental impact of the food choices they make and empower them to make informed decisions.
The theme has a direct bearing on the daily life of everyone in the world, said Tran Phong, Director of the Centre for Environment Training and Communication under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, at a briefing yesterday.
A series of events will also be organised in Thua Thien-Hue province from June 1-5.
This includes a national commemoration event with the participation of Party and State leaders and nearly 300 other delegations at Nghinh Luong Pavilion, on the bank of the Huong (Perfume) River in Hue City.
Another event is the biennial Viet Nam Environmental Awards 2013, which honours 50 individuals and organisations who demonstrated outstanding efforts in protecting natural resources and the environment.
Deputy Minister Bui Cach Tuyen said that the ministry had ordered 63 provinces and cities to celebrate the day by helping local residents save food.
Viet Nam began to celebrate the world environment day in 1982.
According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted. At the same time, one in every seven people in the world goes to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of five die daily from hunger.
FAO estimates that a third of global food production is either wasted or lost. Food waste is an enormous drain on natural resources and contributes to negative environmental impacts. — VNS