The contest's theme "Preserve the beautiful Oceans, Skies and Forests for the Twenty-first Century", endeavours to interest and motivate children to express, through painting, their vision for the future of the environment.
"Children embody the future hopes and aspirations for this planet into the next century" said Klaus Toepfer, UNEP's Executive Director. "I am sure their creative energies will inspire and lead us towards taking better care of our earth", he said.
Prizes will be awarded for the best 300 entries which will be used for the compilation of a calendar, posters, publications and exhibitions worldwide.
Last year there were more than 7,000 entries from 46 countries. From the winning entries selected, several will be used in the preparation of a Calendar for Children for the Year 2000.
The sponsors of this year's contest are all from Japan: Tecnocom Ltd, Fujitsu, Takara, Sun Star Stationery, Central Hobby, the Sato Toy Culture Foundation, Showa Note, Yakult.
The Foundation for Global Peace and the Environment of Japan was founded in 1993 to work on wide-ranging global issues related to the environment, peace and sport. Since its inception, the Foundation has been a key partner of UNEP's Children, Youth and Sports Programmes and has worked with UNEP to organize global environmental events and activities globally.
To obtain details and entry forms for the contest, please visit our website at: www.unep.org/unep/per/ipa/gyf/painthome.htm or
contact Ms. Tomoko Yano,
Foundation for Global Peace and Environment,
401 Howamita Tsunazaka Bldg, 2-7-7, Mita, Minato-Ku, Tokyo 108, Japan.
Tel.: 81 3 5442 3161, Fax: 81 3 5442 3431,
In Nairobi, please contact: Theodore Oben,
UNEP Children and Youth Officer
. Tel.: (254-2) 623262; Fax: 623927,
UNEP News Release NR99/100