The devastation of war and conflict goes even further than those dead and wounded soldiers and civilians, destroyed cities and livelihoods. The environments in which people live become a forgotten victim of war. Water wells are polluted, crops torched, forests cut down, soils poisoned and animals killed to gain military advantage.
The 6th November is an opportunity for everyone to reflect on the role of war on damaging natural environments and discuss ways to limit environmental destruction caused by armed conflict.
The United Nations attaches great importance to ensuring that action on the environment is part of conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peace building strategies — because there can be no longlasting peace if the natural resources that sustain livelihoods and ecosystems are destroyed. Many people around the world, including government officials, scientists, journalists, educators, and business people, observe the day through a series of seminars, lectures, radio talks, and classroom activities.
On 27 May 2016, the United Nations Environment Assembly adopted a resolution that recognizes the role of healthy ecosystems and sustainably managed resources in reducing the risk of armed conflict, and reaffirmed its strong commitment to the full implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals
To find out more about the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict visit the site here.