Mexico will play host to the 2009 World Environment Day Celebrations, observed every year on June 5, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the country’s President Felipe Calderon announced Sept. 22. The theme for next year’s festivities is “Your Planet Needs You – UNite to Combat Climate Change,” and seeks to propel nations to reach agreement on a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol, whose first commitment period ends in 2012, in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December next year. Mexico’s selection reflects its increasing role in fighting global warming, including its participation in carbon markets. (UN News Service)

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