5 November 2001 UN General Assembly declared that every year November 6 is the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict (International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict).
In reaching this decision, the United Nations take into account that the damage to the environment in times of armed conflict, resulting in the deterioration of ecosystems and natural resources long after the termination of the period of conflict, often affects not only one country and not only the current generation.
war, whatever the cause, brings untold horrors on the civilian population, and can in a matter of minutes to destroy what has sometimes been created by generations. Apart from the human suffering that war causes, it also leads to the destruction of the environment.
International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations to draw attention to the environmental consequences of war and the importance of failure as the exploitation and wanton infliction of damage to the ecosystem in an effort to achieve military objectives.
Sometimes such damage can not be avoided. Often, however, it could have been avoided if it had been shown a slight concern or caution.
The parties participating in the hostilities, are responsible for compliance with international norms and treaties such as the Geneva Conventions that govern the conduct of war. Some of these standards, such as the prohibition of the deliberate destruction of agricultural land, have an environmental focus.
However, the overall environmental impact of modern war, ignored the laws. It is time for us to reconsider agreements relating to wars and armed conflicts in order to provide a stable environmental protection to the agreement also covered the issue is not only intentional, but also unintentional damage to the environment.