UNITED NATIONS, June 5 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that the international community should pay greater attention to the protection of environment, otherwise ending poverty is out of the question.
In his message marking World Environment Day with the theme of "Connecting People to Nature," Guterres said that "without a healthy environment we cannot end poverty or build prosperity" and stressed that "we all have a role to play in protecting our only home."
World Environment Day this year highlights the vast benefits that clean environments provide to humanity, including food security, improved health and climatic stability. The theme "Connecting People to Nature" seeks to encourage people to get back outdoors.
Celebrations are underway in Canada, this year's host country, and also around the world, where thousands of people are taking part in massive beaches and parks clean-ups.
And here at the UN Headquarters, the UN Green Fair is taking place in the Visitors' Plaza to promote ways to lead a sustainable lifestyle.