The United Nations has chosen Portland to host World Environment Day this summer. The announcement was made Wednesday by Mayor Charlie Hales and UNEP Deputy Director Elisabeth Guilbaud-Cox at a Portland City Council hearing.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) chose Portland as host city for this year's celebration, which culminates on June 5, 2013. A variety of public events will lead up to World Environment Day itself. The city and UNEP are encouraging community groups, nonprofit organizations, businesses and individuals to organize and participate in those events starting on Earth Day, April 22, and continuing until June 5.
Activities on June 5 will include an exhibition of the International Painting Competition and an interactive environmental workshop for high school students led by the country's first African-American astronaut, Dr. Mae C. Jemison.
The UN General Assembly established World Environment Day in 1972.
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