December 24, 2016
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October 18, 2016
UN Secretary-General Attends Opening of Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador
Photo: QUITO, ECUADOR — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon (left), attends opening of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, HABITAT III. Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador, is seated on the right. 16 October 2016. Quito, Ecuador. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.
July 30, 2016
International Tiger Day
Photo: Tiger cubs in Mysore, India. 01 April 1987. Mysore, India. UN Photo/John Isaac.
Observed annually on 29 July, International Tiger Day - also known as Global Tiger Day - seeks to promote the protection and expansion of wild tiger habitats and to gain support through awareness for tiger conservation. Some 97 per cent of all wild tigers have been lost in just over 100 years. As few as 3,000 tigers live in the wild today, and a number of tiger species have already become extinct.
With only a few thousand of the species remaining in the wild, mainly in Asia, the UN is reiterating its call for zero tolerance for wildlife crime as part of its 2016 Wild for Life campaign, which aims to mobilize millions of people around the world to take personal action to end the illegal trade in wildlife.
July 1, 2016
UNESCO World Heritage Committee to Meet & Examine Nominations in Istanbul, Turkey, 10 to 20 July, 2016
Photo: Istanbul, Turkey. UNESCO World Heritage Committee would meet & examine nominations in Istanbul, Turkey, 10 to 20 July, 2016. Image Credit & Copyright © Jeremy Brooks.
Photo: Secretariat Building (part of Capitol Complex), Chandigarh, India - Le Corbusier. UNESCO World Heritage Committee would examine Chandigarh Capitol Complex under the following nomination (jointly filed by seven countries): “The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, Switzerland)”. Image Credit & Copyright © David Quinn.
The World Heritage Committee will examine proposals to inscribe 29 sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List during its 40th session (10 to 20 July, 2016), which will be chaired by Ambassador Lale Ulker, General Director for Overseas Promotion and Cultural Affairs at the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The session will be held at the Istanbul Congress Centre.
The Committee will examine the nomination of nine natural, 16 cultural and four mixed sites, i.e., properties that are outstanding both for their natural and cultural characteristics. It will also examine the state of conservation of 108 sites already on the World Heritage List and of 48 sites on the World Heritage in Danger List.
The Following Nominations will be Examined:
- Mistaken Point (Canada)
- Hubei Shennongjia (China)
- Techno-volcanic Ensemble of the Chaîne des Puys and Limagne Fault (France)
- Lut Desert (Islamic Republic of Iran)
- Western Tien Shan (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan)
- Archipiélago de Revillagigedo (Mexico)
- Sanganeb Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay—Mukkawar Island National Park (Sudan)
- Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex (Thailand)
- Mountain Ecosystems of Koytendag (Turkmenistan)
Mixed Sites (Natural and Cultural):
- Pimachiowin Aki (Canada)
- Ennedi Massif: Natural and Cultural Landscape (Chad)
- Khangchendzonga National Park (India)
- The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Lanscape of the Mesopotamian Cities (Iraq)
- Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites (Antigua and Barbuda)
- The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, Switzerland)
- Stecci—Medieval Tombstones (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia)
- Pampulha Modern Ensemble (Brazil)
- Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape (China)
- Roman Urbanism of the Zadar Peninsula with the Monumental Complex of the Forum (Croatia)
- Archaeological Site of Philippi (Greece)
- Excavated Remains of Nalanda Mahavihara (India)
- Persian Qanat (Islamic Republic of Iran)
- Nan Madol: Ceremonial Centre of Eastern Micronesia (Federated States of Micronesia)
- Archaeological Site and Historic Centre of Panama City [Significant boundary modification of the Archaeological Site of Panama Viejo and Historic District of Panama] (Panama)
- Antequera Dolmens Site (Spain)
- Phu Phrabat Historical Park (Thailand)
- Archaeological site of Ani (Turkey)
- Gibraltar Neanderthal Caves and Environments (United Kingdom)
- Key Works of Modern Architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright (United States of America)
Sites Proposed for Danger Listing:
- Dja Faunal Reserve (Cameroon)
- Talamanca Range—La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park (Costa Rica/Panama)
- Lower Valley of the Omo (Ethiopia)
- Old Towns of Djenne (Mali)
- Kathmandu Valley (Nepal)
- Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz (Uzbekistan)
- Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex (Thailand)
From 29 June to 11 July, Istanbul will host a World Heritage Youth Forum, which will bring together young people from different parts of the world who are committed to the protection of heritage. They will adopt a Declaration which will be presented to the Committee during its opening session.
April 22, 2016
United Nations Headquarters: Signing Ceremony for Agreement on Climate Change
Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hosted a signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change on 22 April at the United Nations. More than 165 Member States are attending the signing ceremony, including an estimated 60 Heads of State and Heads of Government.
Mr. Ban poses for a group photo with three of the speakers who addressed the opening segment of the signature ceremony. From left: Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim (from Chad), civil society representative; UN Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio; Getrude Clement, 16-year-old radio reporter from Tanzania and youth representative and climate advocate with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). 22 April 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.
Photo: A wide view of the General Assembly at the opening of today’s signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. More than 165 Member States are attending the signing ceremony, including an estimated 60 Heads of States and Heads of Governments, setting a new record for countries signing an international agreement on a single day. 22 April 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.
Photo: Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change of India, signs the Paris Agreement. 22 April 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.
Photo: United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, with grand-daughter in tow, signs the Paris Agreement. 22 April 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard.
November 30, 2015
Paris Climate Change Conference — COP21
Photo: A view of the Ecole Militaire (Military School) and the Eiffel Tower from the Headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in Paris, France. The UN Secretary-General will be attending the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21), taking place in Paris from 30 November - 11 December 2015. 29 November 2015. Paris, France. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.
Photo: A view of the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France, where UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is meeting with Francois Hollande, President of France, ahead of this year’s UN Climate Change Conference (COP21), taking place in Paris from 30 November - 11 December 2015. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.
Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) poses for a photo with the artist Naziha Mestaoui, at the special event, “One Heart One Tree: Lighting of the Eiffel Tower”, taking place on the eve of the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21).
1 Heart 1 Tree is an interactive artwork created by Ms. Mestaoui that allows people around the world to plant virtual trees on the Eiffel Tower that grow at the rate of each individual’s heartbeat. For every digital tree planted, a real tree will be planted through reforestation programs all over the world. 29 November 2015. Paris, France. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.
Photo: Paris, France. November 30, 2015. UN Conference on Climate Change - COP21. Arrival of Heads of States and Governments at Le Bourget Airport. Welcome by Francois Hollande, President of France, and Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations. On the left is Segolene Royal, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France. Image Credit: COP Paris 2015.
August 4, 2015
World Leaders to Formally Adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda in September
Photo: David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the UN, addresses a press conference on the agreement achieved on 2 August by Member States on the outcome document of the United Nations Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda to be held in New York from 25 to 27 September 2015. Mr. Donoghue, along with Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kenya, co-facilitated the negotiations leading to the agreement on the document. 03 August 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.
Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Barack Obama, President of the United States, in the Oval Office in Washington, D.C. 04 August 2015. Washington, DC, United States. UN Photo/Mark Garten.
• The 193 Member States of the United Nations reached agreement today on the outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda that will be adopted this September by world leaders at the Sustainable Development Summit in New York.
Concluding a negotiating process that has spanned more than two years and has featured the unprecedented participation of civil society, countries agreed to an ambitious agenda that features 17 new sustainable development goals that aim to end poverty, promote prosperity and people’s well-being while protecting the environment by 2030.
More than 150 world leaders are expected to attend the Sustainable Development Summit at the UN headquarters in New York between 25 to 27 September to formally adopt the outcome document of the new sustainable agenda.
The preamble of the 29-page text, “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” states, “We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet.” It continues, “We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind.”
June 10, 2015
World Heritage Committee to meet in Bonn, Germany
Photo: World Conference Center (WCCB), Bonn, Germany, the venue of the World Heritage Committee Meeting 2015. Image Credit: RealityFanClub/Man Ki Kim.
The World Heritage Committee will examine proposals to inscribe 37 properties on UNESCO’s World Heritage List when it meets at the World Conference Center (WCCB), Bonn, Germany, from 28 June to 8 July 2015. The upcoming 39th session of the World Heritage Committee will be chaired by Maria Bohmer, Minister of State at Germany’s Federal Foreign Office, and member of the Bundestag.
Nominations for inscription on the World Heritage List this year include five natural sites, 31 cultural sites and one mixed site, i.e. both natural and cultural.
The Committee will also examine the state of conservation of 95 sites already on the List, as well as that of the 46 properties inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
The Committee will examine the nomination of the following sites, listed here in the order in which they are provisionally scheduled to be debated. The order may change during the session:
- Cape Floral Region Protected Areas [extension of the property Cape Floral Region Protected Areas] (South Africa)
- Sanganeb Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay - Mukkawar Island Marine National Park (Sudan)
- Landscapes of Dauria (Mongolia/Russian Federation)
- Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex (Thaïland)
- Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park [extension of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park] (Viet Nam)
Mixed Natural and Cultural Sites:
- Montagnes Blue and John Crow Mountains (Jamaica)
- Thimlich Ohinga Cultural Landscape (Kenya)
- Nyero and other Hunter-Gatherer Geometric Rock-Art Sites in Eastern Uganda (Uganda)
- Baptism Site “Bethany Beyond the Jordan” (Al-Maghtas) (Jordan)
- Rock Art in the Hail Region of Saudi Arabia (Saudi Arabia)
- Tusi sites (China)
- Susa (Islamic Republic of Iran)
- Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining (Japan)
- Great Burkhan Khaldun Mountain and its Surrounding Sacred Landscape (Mongolia)
- Baekje Historic Areas (Republic of Korea)
- Singapore Botanical Gardens (Singapore)
- Cultural Landscape of Maymand (Islamic Republic of Iran)
- Christiansfeld, a Moravian Settlement (Denmark)
- Par Force Hunting Landscape in North Zealand (Denmark)
- Viking Age Sites in Northern Europe (Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Norway)
- Climats, Terroirs of Burgundy (France)
- Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars (France)
- Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus (Germany)
- Naumburg Cathedral and the Landscape of the Rivers Saale and Unstrut Territories of Power in the High Middle Ages (Germany)
- Bet She’arim Necropolis - A Landmark of Jewish Renewal (Israel)
- Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalu and Monreale ( Italy)
- Rjukan - Notodden Industrial Heritage Site (Norway)
- Monumental Ensemble of Targu Jiu (Romania)
- La Rioja and Rioja Alavesa Wine and Vineyard Cultural Landscape (Spain)
- Diyarbakır Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape (Turkey)
- Forth Bridge (United Kingdom)
- San Antonio Missions (United States)
- Gelati Monastery [Significant boundary modification of “Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery”] (Georgia)
- Routes of Santiago in Northern Spain [Extension of “Routes of Santiago de Compostela”] (Spain)
- Ephesus Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque (Turkey)
- Renaissance Hydraulic Complex in America (Mexico)
- Fray Bentos Cultural-Industrial Landscape (Uruguay)
September 22, 2014
Massive Architectural Projections on UN Headquarters
Photo: A view from the street of the 30-story architectural show, “illUmiNations: PROTECTING OUR PLANET”, being projected on to the side of the UN Secretariat building in New York. The special audio-visual presentation, organised in partnership with the Oceanic Preservation Society and Obscura Digital to inspire global citizens to take climate action, is part of the lead-up to the Climate Summit, taking place on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at UN Headquarters. UN Photo/Mark Garten.
October 10, 2013
VOLKSWAGEN ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF XL1, "THE WORLD’S MOST EFFICIENT PRODUCTION CAR"
The Volkswagen XL1, “the most fuel-efficient and aerodynamic production car in the world”, made its U.S. debut at the 23rd Annual Society of Environmental Journalists Conference at the Chattanooga Convention Center.
The XL1 offers an estimated European combined fuel consumption rating of 261 mpg and can cover up to 32 miles as a zero-emissions vehicle in all-electric mode. The XL1 also has a top speed of 99 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 12.7 seconds.
“The XL1 offers a glimpse into Volkswagen’s present and future eco-mobility capabilities, and highlights the ultimate successes of ‘Thinking Blue’,” said Oliver Schmidt, General Manager of the Engineering and Environmental Office (EEO), Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “Volkswagen is proud to debut this ultra-fuel-efficient vehicle before the Society of Environmental Journalists, a group that shares in our commitment to environmental stewardship.”
“The XL1 is an automotive standout that follows pure sports-car design principles: light weight (1753 pounds), exceptional aerodynamics (Cd 0.19), and a low center of gravity. This super-efficient Volkswagen has the ability to cruise down the road at a constant 62 mph while using just 8.4 PS (6.2kW) horsepower. In all-electric mode, the XL1 requires less than 0.1 kWh to cover more than a kilometer,” the company explained. “The XL1 will look spectacular going down the highway — a car of the future, built for today.”
June 8, 2013
World Oceans Day 2013
Photo: Volvo Ocean Race. CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand. On the final leg of their 2000 mile qualifier approach Auckland, New Zealand. Photo © Chris Cameron.
Photo: Volvo Ocean Race. Groupama Sailing Team, skippered by Franck Cammas from France at the finish of leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Cape town, South Africa, to Abu Dhabi, UAE. (Photo © Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images).
Photo: Bay of Bengal, near Chennai, India. Fishermen sail at dawn in their catamarans, consisting of four or five pieces of balsa wood tied together. Madras, India. UN Photo/John Isaac.
Photo: Orange fin anemone fish wards off predators that might eat the host anemone. Tuamotu, French Polynesia. Photo © Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation/Michele Westmorland.
Photo: Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation scientist, Badi Samaniego, conducts a reef fish survey in French Polynesia. Photo © Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation/Michele Westmorland.
• World Oceans Day was officially recognized by the United Nations in 2008 and is now celebrated on 8 June each year.
The theme for World Oceans Day 2013-2014 is “Together we have the power to protect the ocean!”, which focuses on “getting involved with ocean conservation in our personal lives, within our communities and globally”.
According to United Nations, this day is celebrated to remind people about the shared ocean of the world and their personal connection to the sea. The day is also celebrated to raise awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in people’s lives and the important ways in which they can help protect it.
June 5, 2013
World Environment Day 2013
World Environment Day (‘WED’) is celebrated every year on 5 June to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations is Think.Eat.Save. Think.Eat.Save is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign.
Think.Eat.Save. aims to accelerate action and provide a global vision for the many and diverse initiatives currently underway around the world.
Worldwide, about one-third of all food produced, worth around US$1 trillion, gets lost or wasted in food production and consumption systems, according to data released by FAO. “Food loss occurs mostly at the production stages - harvesting, processing and distribution - while food waste typically takes place at the retailer and consumer end of the food-supply chain.”
“In a world of seven billion people, set to grow to nine billion by 2050, wasting food makes no sense - economically, environmentally and ethically,” said UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.
“Aside from the cost implications, all the land, water, fertilizers and labour needed to grow that food is wasted - not to mention the generation of greenhouse gas emissions produced by food decomposing on landfill and the transport of food that is ultimately thrown away,” he added. “To bring about the vision of a truly sustainable world, we need a transformation in the way we produce and consume our natural resources.”
May 26, 2013
International Year of Water Cooperation 2013 — Water is life.
Photo: This poster appeared in our March 16, 2011 post and is being published again on popular demand. The poster, designed by Polish artist Pawel Dadok, shows a person, in peaceful coexistence with different wild animals, drinking from a water hole. The poster caption has the following challenge for the observer: “Behave yourself. Be an animal. Water is life.”
In December 2010 the United Nations General Assembly declared 2013 as the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation. According to United Nations, “Water, a vital resource unlike any other knows no borders… As rapid urbanization, climate change and growing food needs put ever-increasing pressure on freshwater resources, the objective of the Year is to draw attention to the benefits of cooperation in water management… Cooperation is crucial not only to ensure the sustainable and equitable distribution of water but also to foster and maintain peaceful relations within and among communities.”
UNESCO has developed a series of entities focusing on water since it first began to address water-related issues in 1956. The International Hydrological Programme (IHP), created in 1975, was the first intergovernmental initiative on freshwater in the United Nations system. This programme relies on a network of 18 water-related centres and 29 UNESCO water-related chairs. UNESCO’s water family includes other entities such as the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft (Netherlands), the largest post-graduate water education facility in the world.
Key Messages for International Year of Water Cooperation 2013:
• Water cooperation is key to security, poverty eradication, and social equity.
• Water cooperation generates economic benefits.
• Water cooperation is crucial to preserve water resources and protect the environment.
• Water cooperation builds peace.
November 18, 2011
Sheep in the Ariana Park, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
Photos: Sheep graze on the lawn of the Palais des Nations, the United Nations Regional Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, as part of an environmentally-friendly tradition held every year in October and November. The sheep’s grazing allows for the lawn to be naturally cut and for other organic maintenance work to be done. UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferre.
June 4, 2011
Electric Cars at UN as General Assembly Meets on Green Economy
Photo: Electric cars are parked at United Nations Headquarters in a campaign to work towards supplying sustainable electricity to billions of people. The UN General Assembly is discussing: “Green Economy: A Pathway to Sustainable Development”. June 2, 2011. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine.
Photo: Participants of the Global Summit to Strengthen Public-Private Partnerships to Accelerate Global Electricity Technology Deployment arrive at United Nations Headquarters by electric cars, in a campaign to work towards supplying sustainable electricity to billions of people. The side event is held as the UN General Assembly debates on: “Green Economy: A Pathway to Sustainable Development”. June 2, 2011. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine.
Photo: A wide view of the General Assembly thematic debate on: “Green Economy: A Pathway to Sustainable Development”. June 2, 2011. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz.
April 9, 2011
Liechtenstein Royal Castle
Photo: View of Vaduz Castle, the official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein. Vaduz, Liechtenstein. UN Photo/Mark Garten.
Liechtenstein is a small Alpine principality in central Europe between Austria and Switzerland. It was created as a principality within the Holy Roman Empire in 1719 and became independent in 1866. Vaduz is the capital.
March 16, 2011
International Poster Art Shows: Water is Life!
Photo: Winning Poster by Pawel Dadok, Poland.
‘Water is Life’. Under this slogan, the German Sanitation, Heating and Air Conditioning Association (ZVSHK) held an international poster competition in which 4,862 artists from 83 countries took part.
“With our poster competition, we wanted to address the problems caused by water shortage and water wastage on a worldwide scale. The competition seeks to raise people’s awareness of how important it is to have secure access to clean drinking water,” explained Manfred Stather, the President of the ZVSHK, at the award ceremony in Frankfurt.
The entry from Polish artist, Pawel Dadok, was declared the winner. His poster shows a person, in peaceful coexistence with different wild animals, drinking from a water hole. The poster caption has the following challenge for the observer: “Behave yourself. Be an animal. Water is life.”
February 25, 2011
Zero Emissions Vehicles Round off Global Tour in Geneva
Photo: The Zero Emissions Race, co-sponsored by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), comes to a close as electric vehicles cruise through the finish line at the UN Office at Geneva, Switzerland. The “zero emissions” vehicles, powered by renewable energies like solar, wind, wave and geothermal, drove across the globe in 80 days, through 16 countries, for a total of 3,000 kilometres. February 24, 2011. Geneva, Switzerland. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre.
June 5, 2010
The ENERGY GLOBE World Award goes to India
• Winner: India.
• Top environmental gala televised worldwide from Rwanda.
Photo: Moderator: Desirée Nosbusch, Winner Bhagwati Prasad Agrawal, Award Presenter: UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.
Photo: Winner Bhagwati Prasad Agrawal, Award Presenter: UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.
Top-ranking UN VIPs, famous environmental champions, a glamorous gala, and, above all, the world's best environmental projects comprised the ENERGY GLOBE Gala Rwanda 2010. This year the top environmental gala served as the official opening event for the UN World Environment Day.
Before a full house, environmental VIPs delivered the introductions: top Rwandan politicians, UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, UNEP climate hero Luo Hong, Peter Rae (vice president of the environmental initiative REN21) and Ian Redmond (patron of the Great Apes Survival Project).
As the winner of the ENERGY GLOBE in the category Water was announced, emotions began to rise in the hall: Rejoicing erupted among the team of a project from India, "River from Heaven", which works to supply water to rural areas. Then everything went quickly at the Awards: The ENERGY GLOBE in the category Earth went to Mauritius, where "Seeds of Hope" achieves reforestation and biodiversity. The award for the category Fire distinguished floating power plants in Norway. In the category Air, a CO2 saving engine from Taiwan took the prize. The Youth winner was a school self-sufficiency concept from Argentina that provides healthy nutrition for pupils and teaches them cultivation.
The ENERGY GLOBE World Award goes to ...
The climax was the selection of the ENERGY GLOBE World Award by the audience. Moderator Desirée Nosbusch talked with UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, the award presenter, about World Environment Day. Meanwhile in the background the audience votes were being counted. Then finally came the announcement: With a clear margin, the victory went to the winner of the Water Award, India!
However, the nominees were not the only excitement: During the Gala and at the after-show concert, pop and chanson diva Viktor Lazlo delivered samba flair. Inganzo Ngali, Rwanda's best-known folklore group, added local color to the Gala.
Photo: Viktor Lazlo performing at the gala.
• The impressive and committed projects that received the awards ensured that this high-class gala did not lose sight of its actual purpose. These projects made the glamorous festival a highly visible signal for sustainability and environmental awareness.
• The ENERGY GLOBE World Award is an annual event honoring top environmental projects from around the world. It was established in 2000 by Wolfgang Neumann from Austria and has become the most prestigious international environmental prize. Every year approximately 1000 projects are submitted by over 100 countries for the prize, which is awarded in the categories earth, fire, water, air and youth.
• Federated States of Micronesia: On the island of Korae, Micronesia Eco Inc. has established a recycling system that conserves resources and generates income for inhabitants.
• Mauritius: The seedling program of Flora Marketing CO LTD offers residents new sources of income while ensuring biodiversity and combating massive deforestation.
• Austria: Meeting the German passive house standard with the renovation of an energy-hungry old apartment building was a challenge. A special solar façade enabled GIWOG to succeed.
• Bangladesh: Shobuj Angira Foundation supplies portable solar energy in rural Bangladesh. Centrally located solar panels and portable batteries now bring light to villagers.
• Nepal: The improved water mills of the Centre for Rural Technology not only make work easier; they also deliver urgently needed, clean power in rural Nepal.
• Norway: Statoil ASA New Energy has constructed a prototype of a floating wind power plant. Now wind energy can also be harvested on the open sea.
• India: Networked underground rain water tanks supplied by Sustainable Innovations already provide 10,000 residents of rural India with clean drinking water.
• Pakistan: The extensive water and hygiene program of Aga Khan Planning and Building Service delivers water supply systems and health training to Pakistani villages.
• Germany: HelioTech Türk GmbH has implemented an economical desalination plant that uses solar energy to make salt water drinkable and works even in remote areas.
• Taiwan: Less CO2 through more efficient engines was the idea behind Epoch Energy Technology Corp.'s Hybrid Fuel System. It can be retrofitted into any engine and produces a hydrogen/oxygen mixture as additional fuel.
• USA: The city of Ann Arbor, Michigan, has saved money and energy since transforming its street lighting to LEDs. This perfectly combines economy and CO2 reduction.
• Sweden: The Malmö Environment Department supports public photovoltaic projects and so advertises for CO2-free energy production.
• Argentina: The self-sufficiency program of CiudadanÃa Solidaria provides healthy nourishment at the school in La Soledad while teaching pupils and teachers about sustainable organic farming.
• Slovenia: The project "Ustanova Ekosola kot nacin zivljenja" lets pupils in the school center in Velnje test how energy saving works. This prototype is affecting all of Slovenia.
• Morocco: Under the motto "Ecology live", the Mohammed VEX Foundation for Environment Protection supports schools toward becoming eco-schools.
Source: Energy Globe Foundation
June 4, 2010
World Environment Day: United Nations International Children's Painting Competition
Photo: Sylvia Gong, an eighth grader at Hopkins Junior High School in Fremont, California, won the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) International Children's Painting Competition (ICPC) in North America. Gong's painting portrays a tiger grieving over a world where human activities are depleting resources.
• Sylvia Gong, an eighth grader at Hopkins Junior High School in Fremont, California, received the top North American prize in the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) 19th annual International Children's Painting Competition (ICPC). Her painting addresses the theme, "Biodiversity - Connecting with Nature."
Gong was honored at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh as Bayer Corporation and UNEP unveiled the 2010 ICPC Exhibition to herald World Environment Day celebrations in Pittsburgh, this year's North American host city. The 77-picture exhibition features the three winning paintings, including Gong's portrayal of a tiger grieving over a world where human activities are depleting resources.
Her first place award included a $1,000 cash prize and an all-expense paid trip for her and a chaperone to UNEP's TUNZA International Children's Conference in Nagoya, Japan, in October. While there, she will join the first place winners from UNEP's six global regions. This year, nearly 1.1 million paintings from 88 countries were received.
The ICPC is a signature event of UNEP's annual World Environment Day celebrations. The painting competition is sponsored globally by Bayer AG, an international health care, nutrition and high-tech materials group headquartered in Germany.
Established in 1991 and organized annually by partners UNEP, Bayer AG, Nikon and the Foundation for Global Peace and the Environment, the ICPC invites elementary and middle school students, ages six to 14, to learn about the environment and express that knowledge creatively through art.
Regional winners are selected from UNEP's six regions including North America; Africa; Asia and the Pacific; West Asia; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Europe. They are announced during the six-week period between Earth Day in April and World Environment Day on June 5.