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On World Environment Day, UN officials highlight need ensure sustainability of resources June 05,2012   |  Source: UN News Centre

Marking World Environment Day, United Nations officials today highlighted the need for a change in thinking and approach to ensure the sustainability of the Earth’s resources as the world population grows.

“Sustainability entails providing opportunity for all by balancing the social, economic and environmental dimensions of development. We have to rebut the myth that there is conflict between economic and environmental health,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the Day. “With smart policies and the right investments, countries can protect their environment, grow their economies, generate decent jobs and accelerate social progress.”

Observance of World Environment Day began in 1972 as a way to raise awareness of the environment and encourage political attention and action. This year’s theme for the Day, Green Economy: Does it include you? seeks to underscore the need for everyone to play a part in keeping humankind’s ecological footprints within planetary boundaries.

In his message, the Secretary-General emphasized that with the world’s growing population, there will be more pressure on natural resources – food, water and energy – and countries will need to shift their development paradigms to find sustainable solutions for their

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