Climate change is one of the most critical global challenges of our time. Recent events have emphatically demonstrated our growing vulnerability to climate change. The impacts of climate change will range from affecting agriculture – further endangering food security –, sea-level rise and the accelerated erosion of coastal zones, to increasing intensity of natural disasters, species extinction and the spread of vector-borne diseases.
In launching the 16th International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – in cooperation with the Japan-based Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE), Bayer and the Nikon Corporation – invites children from around the world to express their thoughts on climate change through the medium of art.
The Competition has been held annually since 1990 and in that time has received close to 200,000 entries from children in over 100 countries.
Children who will be between the ages of 6 and 14 years on World Environment Day 2007 (5 June) from all regions of the world are invited to submit their paintings on the theme to their Regional UNEP Office by 31 December 2006.
Judging takes place in two rounds: UNEP Regional Offices and their partners will select regional winners, while the final selection will be done by UNEP, the Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE Japan) , Bayer and Nikon.
Winners for the regional competitions will be announced in April 2007. Winners for the global competition will be announced on World Environment Day, 5 June 2007.
The regional first prize winners and the global winner will each receive a cash prize and a trip for them and a accompanying adult to the 2007 official World Environment Day celebrations in Tromsø, Norway. Other prizes include diplomas, plaques, T-shirts, stationary and drawing sets.
The winning paintings will be exhibited at various venues in Japan, Germany, Norway, and other countries, as well as on the websites of the Competition organizers. In the past, painting competition entries have been used on UNEP posters, post cards, calendars, in UNEP publications or environmental magazines to be distributed worldwide.
After the Competition, all paintings will be stored in the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka, Japan.
For full rules – including guidelines on which country belongs to which region – and information on how to submit entries, please see the Painting Competition website: http://www.unep.org/tunza/paintcomp
For more information, please contact Theodore Oben, Head, Children and Youth Unit, Division of Communications and Public Information, UNEP: +254-020 762 3282; firstname.lastname@example.org
The Children's Painting Competition is part of UNEP's TUNZA programme for children and youth. 'Tunza' means to treat with care and respect in Kiswahili and it is a wide-ranging programme to involve children and young people in environmental issues.
Bayer is UNEP's primary partner for its children and youth activities. The German-based international enterprise with core competences in the fields of health care, nutrition and innovtive materials currently supports the TUNZA programme with sponsorship amounting to one million Euros per annum. The cooperation of UNEP and Bayer has been in place for over a decade and covers organizing competitions for World Environment Day, supporting conferences and providing opportunities for young people to participate in environmental study tours and international learning forums.
Entries from Asia and the Pacific should be sent to:
**UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
United Nations Bldg., Rajdamnern Avenue
10th Floor, B-Block
Bangkok 10200, THAILAND
Tel: (66-2) 2881870 Fax: (66-2) 2803829
Entries from Europe should be sent to:
** UNEP Regional Office for Europe
15 Chemin des Anémones, Châtelaine-Genève,
1219 Chatelaine, Geneva, SWITZERLAND
Tel: (41-22) 917 82 79 Fax: (41-22) 917 80 24
Entries from Latin America and the Caribbean should be sent to:
** UNEP Regional Office for Latin America & the Caribbean
Boulevard de los Virreyes No. 155
Col. Lomas Virreyes, CP 11000- Mexico,
Tel: (52-55) 5202 6394 Fax: ( 52-55) 5202 0950
Entries from North America should be sent to:
** UNEP Regional Office for North America
1707 H Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, D.C 20006, USA
Tel: (1-202) 785 0465 Fax: (1-202) 785 2096
Entries from West Asia should be sent to:
**UNEP Regional Office for West Asia
P.O. Box 10880
Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: (973) ) 17812752-17812777 Fax: (973) 17825110
Entries from Africa should be sent to:
**UNEP Regional Office for Africa (ROA)
P.O Box 30552
Nairobi 00100, KENYA
Phone :(254 2) 624 284 Fax: (254 2) 762 3928