World Environment Day 2023 off to a start in Côte d’Ivoire

Celebrations for World Environment Day 2023 kicked off in host-country Cote d’Ivoire, as millions of people prepare for similar activities across the world.

Venues across the capital city, Abidjan – from its historic lagoon to its first modern art museum - shone the spotlight on this year’s theme #Beat Plastic Pollution.

Events began at Abidjan’s Ébérie Lagoon, one nicknamed the ‘pearl of lagoons’ but now besieged by plastic waste.

On a bright Sunday morning, as Abidjan’s skyline of towering office buildings, mosques and cathedrals, lush trees and iconic suspended bridge came to light, representatives of Côte d’Ivoire’s Ministry of Environment guided Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on a tour of the Ébérie.

They discussed the country’s efforts to reduce pollution levels in the lagoon through better treatment and management of the plastic waste.

World Environment Day 2023: Every year, World Environment Day is observed globally on June 5.

World Environment Day is the biggest international day for the environment..

It is celebrated by millions of people across the world.