Shenzhen has won its bid to host World Environment Day celebrations, which it hopes will boost its international profile and attract more foreign investment. The Special Economic Zone will become the second city in China - after Beijing in 1993 - to sponsor the event, scheduled for June 5 to 7. 'This is a proud accomplishment for Shenzhen,' deputy mayor Zhuo Qingrui said. 'It is recognition of its sustained economic development without cost to the environment for the past 22 years.' Shenzhen persuaded the Nairobi-based United Nations Environment Programme and Beijing's State Environmental Protection Administration to allow it to host the event after it was learned that the original host country, Peru, had pulled out because of unstable domestic conditions, according to Zhang Xiaochun, director of the Shenzhen Environment Protection Bureau. The event was expected to attract more than 300 international organisations, as well as officials and major media groups, Ms Zhang said. The environment bureau declined to reveal how much the event would cost to host but said it had been budgeted for. To prepare for the celebrations, the city is planning a massive facelift. In addition to its continuing push to demolish illegal 'eyesore' structures, it plans to renovate building facades along the city's four major roads, remove all advertisements and graffiti from buildings and along major roads and clean up its polluted rivers and water system. It also plans to remove unlicensed hawkers and erect more bright lights in major parts of the city, according to the deputy mayor. Last year, Shenzhen applied to be in the running for the United Nations' 'top 500 cities with the best environment' award, which has previously only included one other mainland city, Dalian, in Liaoning province.