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UNEP Launches Green Star Awards

Green Star Awards 17 November 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has

launched, with Green Cross International and the UN Office for the Coordination

of Humanitarian Affairs, the Green Star Awards.

Honoring people along with

non-profit, public and private organizations, the awards will seek to increase awareness

of the need to reduce large-scale environmental emergencies' impacts by

rewarding extraordinary efforts to respond to such emergencies. Speaking about

the awards, UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner stated that, by investing in

the planet's ecosystem infrastructure, the initiative aims to increase the

resilience of “at-risk communities” while also “being a major adaptation policy

against climate change.” The first Green Star Awards ceremony will take place

on 8 May 2009, in Brussels, Belgium. [UNEP

Press Release] [Greenstar Awards

Website]