UNEP Invites Nominations for the 2008 UNEP Sasakawa Prize

Posted on 25 January 2008. Filed under: Environment |

Nairobi, 24 January 2008 – Nominations are officially open for the 2008 UNEP Sasakawa Prize, the United Nations Environment Programme announced today.

The US$200,000 award is given out every year by UNEP and the Nippon Foundation to reward environmental innovation, initiatives and research from around the world.

This year, winners will be chosen for work related to the theme for this year’s World Environment Day: ‘Kick the Habit: Towards a Low Carbon Economy’. The Prize will be awarded for work related to reducing society’s dependence on carbon-intensive technologies and lifestyles. Sustainability and the proven potential to replicate will be among the key elements that will guide the search for a winner.

Sasakawa Prize winners are achievers with an established track record of achievement and the potential to make outstanding contributions to the protection and management of the environment consistent with UNEP’s policies and objectives. UNEP’s hope is that the Prize will offer the financial support laureates need to build on their achievements.

To nominate someone, please visit http://www.unep.org/sasakawa before 15 March 2008.

Further information on the UNEP Sasakawa Prize and the nomination process is available at http://www.unep.org/sasakawa or from sasakawaprize@unep.org

Or contact Nick Nuttall, UNEP Spokesperson, at tel: +254 20 762 3084, mobile: +254 733 632755, or e-mail: nick.nuttall@unep.org; or Anne-France White, Associate Information Officer, at tel: +254 20 762 3088, or e-mail: anne-france.white@unep.org.

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