Submit to FacebookSubmit to TwitterqSubmit to LinkedIn

Other-edButton  bandeau-new-June2017 cover big April FINAL cover big March3 cover big February-2017 cover big January-final- cover big December FINAL cover big November FINAL cover big October-FINAL cover big September-16-big cover big June 2016 cover big May-FINAL cover big Aprilv7 cover big February02 cover big January2016 cover november2015 grande cover october2015 grande cover big Sept good cover-old July small cover-old June small cover-old June cover-old APRIL cover-old MARCH cover-old feb cover-old cover-old cover oct2014 bandeauhome-sept cover July2 other small coverJune cover-new-May-2014 cover-new-April-2014 cover-new-march-2014 cover feb14  cover-january-2014   
Issue 05 / May 2017 Issue 04/ April 2017 Issue 03/ March 2017 Issue 02/ February 2017 Issue 01 / January 2017 Issue 09 / November 2016 Issue 08 / October 2016 Issue 07 / September 2016 Issue 06 / July/August 2016 Issue 05 / June 2016 Issue 04 / April 2016 Issue 03 / March 2016 Issue 02 / February 2016 Issue 01 / January 2016 Issue 10 / November 2015 Issue 09 / October 2015 Issue 08 / September 2015 Issue 07 / July-August 2015 Issue 06 / June 2015 Issue 05 / May 2015 Issue 04 / April 2015 Issue 03 / March 2015 Issue 02 / February 2015 Issue 01 / January 2015 Issue 10 / November 2014 Issue 09 / October 2014 Issue 08 / September 2014 Issue 07 / July/August 2014 Issue 06 / June 2014 Issue 05 / May 2014 Issue 04 / April 2014 Issue 03 / March 2014  Issue 02 / February 2014 Issue 01 / January 2014

Citizens and decision-makers stand #withnature in Brussels

UN Environment’s Brussels Office has mobilised tens of thousands of Europeans to connect with nature on and around 5 June.


Events on the ground organised included an exhibition, a film screening followed by a panel discussion and participation in a major public event in one of the largest parks in Brussels.


Meanwhile, in order to secure political commitments for a connection with nature to be kept in future, a video campaign was launched with key European Union policymakers and politicians. There, they committed to step-up their engagement for the environment or shared their personal experiences of it.


Awareness-raising for the day began in March with the launch of a Forest City Project exhibition. Through stunning photography of forests and illustrations on 10 large exhibit cubes, Brussels citizens were invited to reconnect with nature in the city environment and join the global movement in the run up to World Environment Day. Around 30,000 citizens are estimated to have viewed the exhibition.


Diving, backpacking or strolling through urban gardens are some of the ways European Union officials connect with nature. Given the importance of their connection to it, the policymakers told of how they are committed to protect nature in a video produced for World Environment Day.


EU Commissioner for the Environment Karmenu Vella for example spoke of a plan to better manage Natura 2000 areas – the largest network of protected sites in the world. The move that will “encourage our biodiversity to recover and grow and that will bring people back to nature,” he stressed.


The video was produced by UN Environment in collaboration with the European Commission’s Natura2000 Network, the European Parliament Intergroup on Biodiversity, Climate Change and Sustainable Development and the United Nations Regional Information Centre in Brussels.


Meanwhile, over 15,000 people attended Brussels’ Fête de l’Environnement, where UN Environment had a stand together with partners. An online survey developed in three languages for the event explored visitors’ relationship with nature and its importance for our wellbeing. The marine environment is the most popular place to connect with nature, it revealed.


A CINE-ONU screening of A Plastic Ocean furthermore raised awareness on the problem of marine litter among the 275 viewers attending. A rich panel discussion take place with the film’s producer Jo Ruxton to cap off a wide variety of events and political action garnered in one of the EU’s seats of power.


To view the video with EU policymakers click here. For more information please contact




















 This site is best viewed in Google Chrome
Copyright © United Nations Environment Programme.
Privacy  I  Terms and Conditions