Guyana’s President Bharrat Jagdeo Receives International Environment Award

Guyana’s President Bharrat Jagdeo was one of the six recipients of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEDP) 2010 Champions of the Earth award—the UN’s highest awards for environmental leadership. The other awardees are Maldives’ President Mohamed Nasheed; Afghanistan’s director general of the National Environmental Protection Agency Prince Mostapha Zaher; Chinese actress and popular green life-style guru Zhou Xun; Japanese earth scientist Dr. Taro Takahashi; and U.S. venture capitalist, green energy entrepreneur, and co-founder of Sun Microsystems Vinod Khosla.

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

UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Environment Program (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner said, “President Jagdeo is a powerful advocate of the need to conserve and more intelligently manage the planet’s natural and nature-based assets. He has recognized more than most, the multiple Green Economy benefits of forests in terms of combating climate change, but also in terms of development, employment, improved water supplies, and the conservation of biodiversity.”

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