The Federal Government of Somalia commemorated world environment day as recognized globally June 5 to be world environment day by the UN to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the first World Environment Day was in 1973. World Environment Day is hosted every year by a different city with a different theme and is commemorated with an international exposition in the week of 5 June.
In Somalia, the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Federal Government of Somalia organized so excited event today to commemorate the World Environment Day as the theme of this year’s 2013, World Environment Day celebrations is “Think.Eat.Save”.
On the other hand, the Somalia South-Central Non-State Actors (SOSCENSA) calls attention to the environment and the safety of its resource in general today in an event they were organized in Mogadishu and in particularly they pointed how importance is to stop the ongoing tress cutting and charcoal tral across Somalia to avert national deforestation and decertification.
The scale of the food waste issue is highlighted in a new report, released today to coincide with World Environment Day (WED), which found out that one out of every four calories produced by the global agricultural system is being lost or wasted.
According to the study ‘Reducing Food Loss and Waste,’ which was produced by the World Resources Institute and UNEP and draws from FAO research, the world will need about 60 per cent more food calories in 2050 compared to 2006 if global demand continues on its current trajectory.
“It is an extraordinary fact that in the 21st century, close to 25 per cent of all the calories linked with growing and producing food are lost or wasted between the farm and the fork—food that could feed the hungry, food that has required energy, water and soils in a world of increasing natural resource scarcities and environmental concerns including climate change,” said Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, drawing attention to the absurdity that high volumes of perfectly edible produce are never consumed.
“The menu of case studies and recommendations in this study provide national and community-led solutions that ally smart policies with traditional knowledge, modern science and common sense,” he added, referring to the study’s recommendations.
SOMESHA also acknowledges that The First Lady of Somalia Qamar Omar Ali and her Kenya counterpart First Lady Margaret Kenyatta on Wednesday planted tress at Sagana State Lodge in Nyeri County to mark this year’s World Environment Day. The Somalia’s First Lady is accompanying Somalia President Hassan Shiekh Mohamud who is in the country for an official visit.