What is the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War & Armed Conflict?

Introduction

The International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict (IDPEEWAC) is an international day observed annually on 06 November.

Brief History

The International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict was established on 05 November 2001 by the United Nations General Assembly, during Kofi Atta Annan’s tenure as Secretary-General.

Of this observance Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has since written, “We must use all of the tools at our disposal, from dialogue and mediation to preventive diplomacy, to keep the unsustainable exploitation of natural resources from fuelling and financing armed conflict and destabilizing the fragile foundations of peace.”

Various calendars found on the World Wide Web reference 06 November in abbreviated fashion as ‘World Day to Protect the Environment in War’.

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