The first World Environment Day (June 5th) was marked by a telephone link up between Sweden, Kenya and New York.
The first World Environment Day (June 5th) was marked by a telephone link up between Sweden, Kenya and New York. The United Nations Secretary-General, Dr. Waldheim, at the U.N. headquarters, exchanged messages with the Swedish Prime Minister, Mr. Olof Palme and the Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta.
World Environment Day is the first anniversary of the United Nations Environment Conference in the Swedish capital, Stockholm. The conference took the first steps towards effective international action to protect the environment.
The Environment Programme, which came out of the conference, is about to meet and translate the conference decisions into a programme of action. Mr. Maurice Strong, the Executive Director of the Programme was with Mr. Malme in Stockholm -- he also spoke on the line up. This former Canadian industrialist spent two years preparing for the Stockholm conference.
Nairobi, the capital of Kenya is the headquarters of the Environment programme -- this is the first time a central United Nations body has been located in the third world.
An Environment Fund, eventually expected to reach $100 million (GBP40 million) will finance the first five years' activities. One of these will be "Earthwatch" -- an international source of environmental information. A "Genebank" is also to be set up to conserve threatened plant species.