UNEP announces Top African Winner for its 18th Global Painting Competition
Nairobi, 5 June 2009 - The United Nations Environment Programme's Regional Office for Africa (UNEP-ROA) is today announcing the regional winners of the Eighteenth International Children's Painting Competition on the Environment to mark this year's World Environment Day.
The regional winner, Ramy Gamal AbdelHamed AbdelRazik's painting was selected by a jury composed of the representatives of the organizers out of 694 entries received by the Regional Office from 14 countries, representing all the regions in Africa.
Ramy, who is active member of the Library of Alexandria in Alexandria, Egypt said: "Going deep with my feelings, I imagine the drawing representing environment pollution and how to change it to pure nature. The drawing idea is to use two symbols; first is the "Unhealthy Earth", full of pollution, which make it sad and ugly. The other symbol is "Foot" which is trying to eliminate pollution by kicking it out of earth and replace it by healthy environment that includes flowers and trees." He added " This will lead human to live a beautiful and nice life."
As a regional winner, Ramy AbdelRazik will receive a cash prize US$ 1,000.
Mounkaila Goumandakoye, Regional Director of UNEP in Africa said: "Children are our future and often they are our conscience. They provide the enthusiasm, the vigour and the idealism that this world needs. One way in which we can listen to them is by giving them the opportunity to express themselves in art – and by taking their message seriously. It is quite evident that much change is needed to protect the environment and address the adverse impacts of climate change. We hope the winning entries will catalyze the world and adults to move ahead and take concrete steps to mitigate the effects of climate change."
The theme of the 18th International Children's competition "Climate change-Actions you can take" highlighted one of the most critical global challenges of our time and the need for individual action and political commitment to seal the deal in culmination of crucial negotiation for a more equitable and efficient climate regime at the Copenhagen Conference in December 2009.