LAHORE - World Environment Day 2010 will be celebrated across the City like other parts of the country on 5th (Saturday). Conferences, seminars, workshops and walks will be held at both the government and private level in major cities including Lahore to mark the WED 2010. The federal environment ministry has decided to celebrate Emission Free Hour (12 noon to 1 pm) on the day. During this hour, all industries, factories and traffic would be stopped. Besides events at the government level would also be arranged. NGOs will organise seminars and walks in the City to mark WED 2010. Pakistan Engineering Congress will organise a seminar at the PEC building. Senator Humayoun Khan Mandokhel will be the chief guest. The purpose of WED is to focus worldwide attention on the importance of environment and stimulate political attention and action. The event seeks to give a human face to environmental issues, empower people to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development; promote an understanding that communities are pivotal to changing attitudes towards environmental issues; and advocate partnership, which will ensure that all nations and peoples enjoy a safer and more prosperous future. It was established in 1972 by the United Nations General Assembly and its commemoration is entrusted to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), whose international headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya. As the United Nations has declared the 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity, the theme of WED 2010 is Many Species. One Planet. One Future. It echoes the urgent call to conserve the diversity of life on the planet. Each year, a different city is chosen as the principal venue for the global celebration of WED. UNEP has selected Pittsburgh as the North American host city to join WED 2010. Pittsburgh-area government officials, business indexes, organizations and individuals will schedule a series of WED events, as well as events taking place during the six weeks that bridge the gap between Earth Day on April 22 and WED on June 5. The events will highlight the theme for celebrations in Pittsburgh, Biodiversity - Ecosystems Management and the Green Economy.