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Steiger Award for Achim Steiner

Bochum, 17 March 2007 - Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, has been honoured as one of the recipients of the 2007 Steiger Award.

Mr Steiner was awarded in the category of the Environment for his "commitment and important work for the protection of our planet".

He was joined by other winners in categories, ranging from sports and music to journalism and politics, including H.E President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, Franz Beckenbauer, Wolfgang Niedecken, boy band US5, Peter Scholl-Latour and Hans Dietrich Genscher.

Der Steiger, which translates into English as "the miner" reflects the coal mining roots of the North Rhine Westphalian region of Germany where the prize is held. The award reflects the philosophy of straight-forwardness, honesty, fairness and helpfulness.

Mr Steiner said: "I am delighted to have been among the winners of the Der Steiger award for 2007. It brings together so many individuals from the worlds of politics, culture, sports and the entertainment. It is also recognition of our work in the United Nations on global environmental issues".

"While this is an international prize, it is also strongly rooted in the region of North Rhine Westphalia which has been setting an excellent example of how to evolve an economy from the industrialization patterns of the 19th and 20th centuries into a 21st century one," he said.

Notes to Editors

Mr Steiner was presented with the award on 17 March in Bochum. This is the third year that the Der Steiger awards have been made. In the past two years "THE STEIGER" has been awarded to numerous national and international personalities like Prime Minister Shimon Peres, Dr. Mohamed El-Baradei, Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, Boris Becker, Maestro Jose Carreras, Sabine Christiansen, Peter Maffay, H.I.M. Empress Farah Diba-Pahlavi of Iran, artist Otmar Alt, musician Robin Gibb from the BEE GEES, actors Pierre Brice and Friedrich von Thun, Claude Nobs, James Rizzi and the well-known German journalist Friedrich Nowottny.

The 2007 Der Steiger laureates are

- H.E. President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan

- The journalist Prof. Peter Scholl-Latour

- Former Minister Hans Dietrich Genscher

- Actress Iris Berben

- Actor Manfred Krug

- Joachim Fuchsberger

- US 5

- Rupert and Christel Charity

- Dr. Gabriele Pauli

- Franz Beckenbauer

- Musician Wolfgang Niedecken

- Achim Steiner

Der Steiger web site

For More Information Please Contact Nick Nuttall, UNEP Spokesperson, on Tel: 254 20 7624001, Mobile: 254 733 632755 or E-mail: nick.nuttall@unep.org

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