Manama -- 12-year-old Mehaweesh Kadegoankar from the United Arab Emirates was announced the regional winner of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 24th International Children's Painting Contest, launched under the theme 'We have the power' to highlight renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions globally.
The winning artwork depicts scenes of harmony and joy in a cleaner future powered by renewable energy sources and making better use of the available resources. The giant plant occupying the centre of the painting represents these green prospects.
As regional winner, Mahaweesh will receive US$1,000 in prize money and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Tunza International Children's Conference in Paris, where she will formally receive her award. Mahaweesh said she was happy to have this opportunity to contribute through her artwork to solutions to reduce the challenges facing the planet.
This year's international painting competition aims to raise awareness about the importance of renewable sources of energy and their potential to replace fossil fuels, such as oil, coal and natural gas, which are finite and contribute to climate change.
About the International Children's Painting Competition (ICPC)
The International Children's Painting Competition is organised every year by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), The Al-Sayer Group and the Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE). It has been held since 1991 and received more than 3 million entries from children in over 100 countries. The goal of the competition is to inspire people all over the world to see environmental issues through the eyes of children and increase environmental awareness and action among children.