World Environment Day 2023

World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5 every year to raise awareness and encourage action for the protection of our planet. It was first established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972, and since then, over 150 countries participate in various activities to celebrate this day. World Environment Day is an important day to raise awareness and encourage action for the protection of our planet. As the largest global platform for environmental public outreach, World Environment Day has been celebrated by millions of people across the world since its establishment by the United Nations Environment Programme during the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment in 1972.

World Environment Day 2023: Theme

The 50th anniversary of World Environment Day will be hosted by Côte D’Ivoire, with the theme of “solutions to plastic pollution”. In previous years, the themes included “Beat Air Pollution” (2019), “Biodiversity” (2020), and “Ecosystem Restoration” (2021). The theme will be announced several months in advance to allow for preparation and planning of events and activities.

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression 2023

The International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression, observed every year on June 4, brings attention to children who experience various forms of aggression. It serves as a solemn reminder of the suffering endured by countless children globally, regardless of the specific type of abuse they endure. This day underscores the significance of offering support and protection to these children, reflecting the United Nations’ commitment to safeguarding children’s rights. By raising awareness about the difficulties faced by these vulnerable individuals, the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression calls upon individuals, communities, and nations to come together and take action to create a safer and more nurturing environment for children worldwide.

International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing 2023

International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing is celebrated on June 5 every year. The day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2017 to raise awareness of the problem of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. IUU fishing is a major threat to global fish stocks and the marine environment. It is estimated that IUU fishing costs the global economy up to $23 billion per year.

Max Verstappen wins Spanish Grand Prix 2023

Max Verstappen emerged victorious at the Spanish Grand Prix, clinching the pole position and extending his lead in the Formula One championship by 53 points. Red Bull’s dominance continued as they celebrated their seventh consecutive triumph of the season.

Ahmednagar Renamed Ahilyadevi Nagar: A Move to Empower the Dhangar Community

The Maharashtra government has recently announced the renaming of Ahmednagar district to Ahilyadevi Nagar in honor of the 18th-century warrior-queen Ahilyadevi Holkar. This decision is seen as a significant step to appease and empower the Dhangar community, which holds considerable numerical strength in Maharashtra’s population. The move is part of a larger strategy by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to diversify its support base and reduce the dominance of the Maratha community in the state’s politics. Historical Background and Context:Ahmednagar, like Aurangabad and Osmanabad, derives its name from historical figures associated with Islamic rule. The renaming of these districts reflects a broader trend of dissociating names that have Islamic connotations in favor of indigenous cultural and historical figures. The decision to rename Ahmednagar as Ahilyadevi Nagar follows a similar pattern and aligns with the BJP’s pro-Hindutva stance.

Dennis Francis elected 78th UNGA president

The 193 UN Member States, elected a veteran diplomat from Trinidad and Tobago, Dennis Francis as the President of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly. Francis, who has had a nearly 40-year-career, will take the helm of the UN’s main policy-making body, starting in September. He was elected by acclamation during a ceremony in the iconic General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York. The General Assembly consists of all 193 UN Member States, all of which have an equal vote.

WMO gets Celeste Saulo as its 1st female Secretary-General

Celeste Saulo of Argentina has been appointed as the first female Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Saulo won a landslide vote at the UN Climate and weather agency’s Congress in Geneva. Saulo has served as the director of Argentina’s National Meteorological Service since 2014. The leadership election of the World Meteorological Congress takes place every four years. The agency plays a key role in coordinating international meteorological work. It relies on satellites and thousands of weather stations to measure key parameters of the atmosphere, land and ocean.

UAE’s Abdulla Al Mandous wins Presidency of World Meteorological Organization

elected as the new President of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) for a four-year term from 2023 to 2027. The WMO is an authoritative body within the UN system that focuses on weather, climate, hydrological, and related environmental fields. He will succeed Prof Gerhard Adrian from the German Meteorological Service, who served as WMO President since June 2019.

UAE to Host World’s Largest Conservation Conference in 2025

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has emerged victorious in the bid to host the prestigious World Conservation Congress (WCC) in 2025. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has chosen Abu Dhabi as the venue for this momentous event. The WCC, renowned as the world’s largest gathering of conservationists, is expected to attract over 10,000 delegates from more than 160 countries. Taking place from October 10-21, 2025, the conference will serve as a critical platform for global environmentalists to address pressing challenges and formulate innovative solutions for a sustainable future.

Srinagar to become smart city by June 2024

Srinagar is all set for a facelift. The city will get a ‘Smart City’ tag by June 2024 under the Srinagar Smart City Project. A total of 137 projects have been sanctioned for Srinagar Smart City under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India. Under the project, Srinagar is aimed to get a complete transformation by using its natural and cultural heritage which will enhance the beauty and quality of life. Till now, 66 projects have been completed and currently, 71 projects are ongoing.

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