Today is World Environment Day-Hosted by Saudi Arabia

The date of June 5 was set by the UN General Assembly because the 1972 Stockholm Conference on Environmental Protection took place on that day. 113 countries gathered at the conference, which prepared a joint statement on the need for international cooperation in order to protect the environment.

The protection program is called the UNEP. The proposal to celebrate June 5 was made by the delegation of Yugoslavia and according to some sources, this became the central event of the United Nations. Every year a different country is the host country.

This year, it is hosted by Saudi Arabia with a theme focused on combating land degradation, desertification and drought.

The goals of numerous initiatives of this country that will be promoted today are to transform 30 percent of the country into nature reserves, plant 10 billion trees and restore 40 million hectares of degraded land by 2030. These efforts are critical for a region where 75 percent of arable land is already degraded and 60 percent of the population faces water scarcity—a situation expected to worsen by 2050.

In numerous initiatives, the need to develop comprehensive strategies for managing water resources is emphasized.

The State of Serbia is trying to protect the country’s water resources by implementing the “Clean Serbia” project. The project was conceived on the basis of the stated need for increased environmental protection of both water and land, and the construction of a wastewater treatment plant and sewerage networks through the project, the level of environmental protection is raised to a significantly higher level.