Date: Tuesday, 26 September 2023. 13th Anniversary.
Sponsor: International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH)
The World Environmental Health Day is annually observed to raise awareness of the detrimental impacts of today’s most pressing environmental concerns on human health.
The World Environmental Health Day was first officially held on 26 September 2011.
It was launched by the Council of the International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH) – an organization established in 1986 and based in London, England, aiming to disseminate knowledge about environmental health among people and promote cooperation between countries to improve the environmental situation of our Earth.
In 2011, the IFEH Council declared, at its meeting in Indonesia, that “26th September 2011 be deemed the foundational World Environmental Health Day”. Since then, 26 September of each year has been earmarked to celebrate as World Environmental Health Day with a particular theme focusing an environmental health issue worldwide.
Annual theme in recent years:
2023 theme: “Global Environmental Public Health: Standing Up to Protect Everyone’s Health Each and Every day”.
2022 theme: “Strengthening Environmental Health Systems for the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals”.
2021 theme: “Prioritizing Environmental Health for Healthier Communities in Global Recovery”.
2020 theme: “Environmental Health, A Key Public Health Intervention in Disease Pandemic Prevention”.
2019 theme: “Climate Change Challenges, Time for Global Environmental Health to Act in Unison”.
2018 theme: “Global Food Safety and Sustainability”
2017 theme: “Indoor and Outdoor Air Quality”