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Friday 11 Sep 1998

Discovering childrens views on the environment through global painting contest

Nairobi, September 1998 - The annual international contest of children's paintings on the environment has been launched by its organizers, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE), Japan.

The contest, which will run from September to December 1998, is open to all children between the ages of 6 and 15 years and is expected to attract entries from all regions of the world.

With the themes Preserve the Beautiful Oceans, Skies and Forest for the Twenty-First Century, this is the eighth painting contest of its kind. Through this contest, the organizers hope to enhance the importance of the environment among children by providing them with an opportunity to express, through paintings, their views on environmental issues, and also to promote their creativity in caring for the environment.

The International Contest of Children's Paintings on the Environment is an attempt to encourage children to communicate their vision and hopes for their environment, said Mr. Klaus Toepfer, UNEP's Executive Director.

The best 390 paintings will be selected for prizes and will also be used to promote awareness and stimulate action on the environment through the development of a calendar for the year 2000 by UNEP and the Foundation. Other paintings will be used for posters, publications and exhibitions worldwide.

Last year_s contest had over 8,700 entries from 43 countries. The winning entries include those to be used for a 1999 Children's Calendar on Global Environment by UNEP and FGPE.

The Foundation for Global Peace and Environment of Japan was formed in 1993 to promote environmental awareness and action in Japan, and globally. It builds on "Save the Seas Japan", a campaign to stop the degradation of the world_s oceans and marine environment. Working jointly with UNEP, the Foundation has been involved in many children's projects including fund-raising and preparations for the November 1998 International Children's Conference on the Environment to be held in Dunedin, New Zealand.

For information on entering the contest, please contact:
Ms. Tomoko Yano, Secretary General Foundation for Global Peace and Environment,
401 Howamita Tsunazaka Bldg, 2-2-7, Mita, Minato- ku,
Tokyo 108, Japan,
Tel: 81-3-54423161: Fax 81-3-54423431,
E- mail: fgpe@mxj.mesh.ne.jp
or Mr. Theodore Oben,
Children and Youth Programme,
Information and Public Affairs Branch,
United Nations Environment Programme,
P.O. Box 30552, Nairobi, Kenya,
Tel: 254 2 623262, Fax: 254 2 623692,
E-mail: theodore.oben@unep.org

You may visit our website at
http://www.unep.org/unep/per/ipa/gyf/paint.htm
from 16 September 1998 to download information and entry criteria for the contest.

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