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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

2 September 1999

AUSTRALIA TO HOST WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY


Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill today announced that Australia would host next year's international World Environment Day.

"This will be the first time World Environment Day has been held in Australia and the first time it has been held in the Pacific region," Senator Hill said.

"World Environment Day is celebrated each year on 5 June and with the United Nations Environment Programme choosing a host country to promote world wide awareness of the environment.

"In the lead up to the Sydney Olympic Games, this major event will help focus world attention on our unique environment. It's a great opportunity for Australians to project their fine international standing in this area.

"World Environment Day will draw international attention to Australia's environmental and best practice sustainable management, and the innovation of its environmental technology."

Senator Hill said World Environment Day activities would showcase Australia's environmental credentials and achievements and its commitment to the principles of ecologically sustainable development.

"One of the great strengths of World Environment Day is its ownership by the community. Each year on June 5th, groups such as schools, environmental organisations, local councils and retail outlets promote environmental issues.

"On-ground activities in 2000 will still form the basis of national celebrations and the community should take the opportunity of heralding in the new millennium with a demonstration of commitment to tackling environmental problems and an awareness of the need to sustainably manage our natural resources," Senator Hill said.

Media contact: Senator Hill's office: Rod Bruem (02) 6277 7640 0411 128 582

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