Every year, 26 September is marked as World Environmental Health Day across the globe.
World Environmental Health Day is observed to raise awareness regarding the significance of the health of our environment.
The theme for the 2022 is “Strengthening Environmental Health Systems for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals”.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity now and in the future.
The 17 SDGs are integrated – they recognize that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic, and environmental sustainability, all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
The mission statement of the United Nations on SDGs is as follows:
“A blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all people and the world by 2030.”
Environmental Health plays a pivotal role in the implementation of these SDGs. It is interesting to note that Environmental Health fits into 7 SDGs, 19 targets and 30 indicators of the SDGs.
For more information about the day and how it is being celebrated across the Globe see here.