Volume 13 Issue 9 - May 7, 2010
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United Nations Environment Programme News Centre
Green Economy Takes Centre Stage at UNEP 2010 Champions of the Earth Awards
Brandon Bloch
Planting 1 Million Trees
A discussion with Gashaw Tahir of the Greenland Development Foundation
Lauren Monsen
The Greening of U.S. Architecture: Building a Sustainable Future
Students are promoting the eco-design trend, say educators
Article Digest
Chi-ming Lai
Combination of the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and field verification tests of Green Building Materials
Chen-Sheng Yeh
Bifunctional Gd2O3/C Nanoshells for MR Imaging and NIR-Therapeutic Applications
Shoou-Jinn Chang
ZnSe nanowire photodetector prepared on oxidized silicon substrate by molecular-beam epitaxy
Article Digest
Joseph T. Tseng
RNA-binding Protein HuR Interacts with Thrombomodulin 5 Untranslated Region and Represses Internal Ribosome Entry Site–mediated Translation under IL-1 beta Treatment
News Release
Helen Chang
21 Pygmy Killer Whales Stranded in Xingda Port
NCKU Press Center
The 2010 Taiwan Display Conference on April 29th Invited Prof. Shin-Tson Wu of University of Central Florida
Banyan Forum
Editorial Group
Green Economy Takes Centre Stage at UNEP 2010 Champions of the Earth Awards
Winners from Afghanistan, China, Guyana, Japan and the Maldives are Recognized
as Pillars of Transition to a 21st Century Green Economy
Seoul (Republic of Korea), 22 April 2010 - The 2010 Champions of the Earth, the United Nations' highest awards for environmental leadership, were announced today.

The six winners, drawn from the worlds of government, science, business and entertainment, each exemplify how action, inspiration, personal commitment and creativity can catalyze a transition to a low carbon, resource efficient 21st-century Green Economy.

Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, today announced the winners of this year's UNEP Champions of the Earth awards as:

  • The President of Guyana and passionate forestry and ecosystem infrastructure proponent, Mr. Bharrat Jagdeo
  • The President of the Maldives and international climate change campaigner, His Excellency Mohamed Nasheed
  • Afghanistan's Director General of the National Environmental Protection Agency and avid sustainability advocate, Prince Mostapha Zaher
  • Japanese earth scientist and pioneer of research into how the oceans cycle carbon, Dr. Taro Takahashi
  • Chinese actress and popular green life-style guru, Ms. Zhou Xun
  • American venture capitalist, green energy entrepreneur and co-founder of Sun Microsystems, Vinod Khosla.

The trophies were presented at a gala event in Seoul, Republic of Korea during Earth Day and in conjunction with the Business for the Environment Global Summit (B4E), which is being attended by more than 1,000 representatives from business, government, and civil society.

Mr. Steiner said: "The six winners represent some of the key pillars upon which society can build Green Growth and a development path to unite rather than divide six billion people. Entrepreneur Vinod Khosla has made it a personal mission to realize a low-carbon path by establishing investments in clean and renewable energy start-ups."

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