Barbados chosen to host World Environment Day

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The Caribbean island of Barbados has been chosen to host the UN's World Environment Day celebrated on June 5.

The theme for this year's celebrations is "Small Island Developing States and Climate Change".

Barbados is considered to be highly vulnerable to shifts in climate.

Agricultural could suffer and coastal ecosystems may be destroyed.

The 430-square kilometre nation has taken significant steps to reduce climate impact and to provide clean, renewable energy.

It has also created opportunities for green economic growth through its National Strategic Plan.

As the host, Barbados will have the opportunity to showcase its initiatives and to act as an example to other nations facing similar challenges.

The celebration of World Environment Day began in 1972 and has grown to become one of the main vehicles through which the United Nations encourages positive action for the environment.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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