2005 Laureates

Acceptance Speech by Julia Carabias Lillo

I am very honored to receive this recognition and very grateful to UNEP for having named me one champion of the earth.

I feel honored for 3 reasons mainly:

One is to be part of this distinguished group of champions of the earth; sharing this title with such distinguished people and representative of such admirable people.

Second, because I do believe in UNEP. UNEP is the most important environmental institution of the world and it is working day to day to raise awareness and to achieve commitment about the critical issues, which today is a very difficult task but a very important one because environment has lost momentum since the earth summit in 1992 at the national and multilateral agendas.

Other issues such as security are capturing all the attention without regard for the sustainability of the world.

Other issues such as security are capturing all the attention without regard for the sustainability of the world.

I want to particularly mention UNEP in Latin America as it is doing very important work in supporting national agenda and promoting cooperation among nations.

So, receiving recognition from UNEP is an honor.

Third, because I am receiving this distinction from the hand of Klaus Toepfer, who I respect and admire. I am indebted to him having received support from him where I have been in the last 10 years, as the Minister of Environment in Mexico, a Chairperson of STAP and now a champion of the earth.

This recognition is an honor but also a responsibility. I do reiterate my commitment to continue working for the implementation of Agenda XXI and hopefully to continue collaborating with UNEP.

Quotes

Veerabhadran Ramanathan, USA/India
Champion of the Earth 2013 - Science and Innovation

Policymakers across the world are realizing that through cost-effective actions such as reducing methane emissions from natural gas and oil production, major reductions in short-lived climate pollutants can be achieved, with significant add-on benefits for health and food security.


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