Nairobi, 22 April 2005 - The regional winners of the fourteenth International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment were announced on Earth Day, 22 April 2005. This year’s theme was Green Cities, the motto of World Environment Day 2005.
The competition is jointly organised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Bayer AG and the Japan-based Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE). The painting competition has been held since 1990 and in that time has received over 160,000 entries from children in over 100 countries.
For the first time this year, the global painting competition was preceded by regional competitions. Each UNEP Regional Office (Bangkok, Geneva, Mexico City, Washington DC, Bahrain and Nairobi) chose regional winners and also submitted at least 100 paintings to the global selection.
The global winners will be announced on 5 June 2005 at the main international celebrations to mark World Environment Day in San Francisco. All global and regional winners will travel to San Francisco, thanks to the generous financial support from Bayer AG, which is also sponsoring the awards ceremony.
All winners receive a certificate and a plaque, and there are special prizes such as drawing kits and environmental stationery. The winning paintings will be shown in exhibitions in Japan and other countries. They will also be exhibited on the Internet. In future, selected paintings will be used on UNEP posters, post cards, calendars, and in publications.
Eventually all paintings submitted to the global competition will be held at the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka, Japan.
This year's competition is supported by the National Museum of Ethnology (Japan), the Japanese Ministries of the Environment, Foreign Affairs, Education, Forestry & Fisheries and the Japan-Arab Association.