United Nations Environment Programme 'Champions of the Earth 2012' Awards

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United Nations Environment Programme 'Champions of the Earth 2012' Awards


Established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2004, Champions of the Earth is an annual awards program that recognizes outstanding environmental leaders at a policy level. This year's six awardees were recently named and presented by the UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner at a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, attended by Secretary-General Sha Zukang of the UN Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20), UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Gisele Bundchen, and Brazil's Minister of the Environment Izabella Teixeira.

Mongolia President Tsakhia Elbegdorj was awarded in the area of policy leadership, for delivering on promises to put the environment at the forefront of policies; Brazilian banker Fabio C. Barbosa and renewable energy entrepreneur Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber from the United Arab Emirates were recognized in the area of entrepreneurial vision, for their business efforts in sustainability and promoting renewable energy and clean technology, respectively; Swiss aeronaut Dr. Bertrand Piccard was awarded in the area of inspiration and action, for raising global awareness of the possibilities of renewable energy-driven transport. Dutch scientist Dr. Sander van der Leeuw was recognized in the area of science and innovation, for his research, which applies lessons from history to understand why humanity is not facing up to the long-term issue of environmental change Kenyan Maasai conservationist Samson Parashina was awarded in the special category section, for leading community efforts to conserve Kenya's Tsavo-Amboseli ecosystem. …

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