[Dateline: New York | Author: DESA]
The General Assembly adopted a resolution today calling for the creation of a new international day, International Mother Earth Day, to be celebrated on 22 April. Also today, a special event will be held at 2:30 p.m. in NewYork in Conference Room 4.
The draft resolution, adopted this morning, was proposed by the Plurinational State of Bolivia and co-sponsored by 69 other Member States.
The resolution calls on Member States, the organizations of the UN System, international, regional and subregional organizations, civil society, non-governmental organizations and relevant stakeholders to observe and raise awareness of International Mother Earth Day.
It also requests the Secretary-General to bring the resolution to the attention of all Member States and organizations of the United Nations system.
The initiative, led by the Plurinational State of Bolivia, is an acknowledgement that the Earth and its ecosystems are our home and that, in order to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations, it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the Earth (as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration).
The term "Mother Earth" is used commonly in a number of countries and regions, to refer to the planet earth, reflecting the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit.
Inclusiveness is at the heart of International Mother Earth Day. It seeks to share with all people the values associated with the planet, with regard to humans and nature as part of a single system, ensuring that our relationship with nature is one that allows life to continue. This concept promotes the idea of living a balanced existence that is in harmony with nature and can help us find solutions to today’s environmental problems.
Subject to exigencies of service and at the discretion of their managers, all UN staff are invited to attend the Mother Earth Day special event today at HQ in Conference Room 4 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Participants should be seated by 2:15 p.m.
The event is organized by the UN-DESA Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues of the Division for Social Policy and Development