United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Media Invitation: Press Conference and Awards Ceremony - New York, 18 September

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Eco Trailblazers Awarded Top UN Prize for Pioneering and Inspirational Environmental Action

From Tackling Deforestation in the Amazon and Resource Inefficiencies in Europe, to Championing Community Conservation in Mexico, Atmospheric Research in Asia and Revolutionizing Technology for a ‘Green Economy’ Worldwide

Eco Trailblazers Awarded Top UN Prize for Pioneering and Inspirational Environmental Action

Award Presented by UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Gisele Bündchen

US Internet Giant Google Earth and GIS Pioneer J. Dangermond among 2013 ‘Champions of the Earth’

Pioneers and trailblazers, whose work has had a significant and positive impact on the environment, are set to receive the UN’s highest environmental accolade, the Champions of the Earth award.

Recognized for providing powerful tools to monitor and scope the state of the environment, US-based technology giant Google Earth and Geographic Information System (GIS) pioneer, Jack Dangermond, are among this year’s laureates.

The prize is awarded annually by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to leaders from government, civil society and the private sector.

Other 2013 winners include: Janez Potočnik, EU Environment Commissioner; Carlo Petrini, the founder of the Slow Food Movement; Izabella Teixeira, Minister of Environment, Brazil; Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD and Martha Isabel Ruiz Corzo from the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve in Mexico.

The Award will be presented by UNEP Goodwill Ambassador, Gisele Bündchen, at a ceremony held at the Museum of Natural History in New York.

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