In 2023 World Environment Day turns 50. Led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and celebrated annually on 5 June since 1973, World Environment Day has grown to be one of the biggest global platforms for environmental outreach, with millions of people across the world engaging to protect the planet. The theme for this year’s event is solutions to plastic pollution.

World Environment Day 2023 is a reminder that people’s actions on plastic pollution matter. The steps governments and businesses are taking to tackle plastic pollution are the consequence of these actions. Speaking out and pushing for change has sparked policy milestones, like plastic bag bans, innovations in alternatives to single-use plastic packaging, mobilised finance for sustainability, and led to the push for a global agreement to end plastic pollution. It is time to accelerate this action, particularly as it relates to the sports industry and live sporting events.

Under #BeatPlasticPollution, World Environment Day 2023 provides a critical opportunity to raise the volume on the call for governments, cities and businesses to invest in and implement solutions to end plastic pollution. The World Environment Day campaign will showcase the inspiring and innovative work across the globe to eliminate the use of avoidable and problematic plastic products, particularly single-use plastics, and will also demonstrate more sustainable and circular business models.

ANOC is partner with the UN Clean Seas programme and invites all NOC members to support and engage with the World Environment Day 2023 to amplify the call to governments, cities, and industry to transition to a plastic circular economy. Sports organisations can get involved by organising and registering your #BeatPlasticPollution event or activity on the World Environment Day map on and around 5 June, showcase their work on the Live Updates Feed. They are also invited to share the campaign´s multimedia and social media content  that can be found on the TrelloBoard, and disseminate our key messages, calls to actions, and upcoming Practical Guide, which will be available on the World Environment Day site.

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