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$500,000 Zayed Prize for ex-PM of Norway

By a staff reporter / 20 May 2008

DUBAI — Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norway's first woman prime minister for two terms and former Director-General of the World Health Organisation, leads four other awardees of the Zayed Prize of the 4th Cycle to be honoured in a special ceremony on June 9 at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, will honour Dr Brundtland and four others. Dr Brundtland won the Zayed Prize for Global Leadership in Environment for which she would receive US$500,000, a trophy and a diploma.

The four other awardees are Prof Jane Lubchenco, leader in environmental sciences from the US, and Prof V. Ramanathan, distinguished climatologist from India but working in San Diego, California, who won the Zayed Prize for Scientific/Technological Achievements; and, the Environment Development Action in the Third World (ENDA) in Senegal and Tierramerica in Latin America — two non-governmental organisations — which won the Zayed Prize for Environmental Action Leading to Positive Change in Society.

Ministers of environment from around the world, heads of regional and international organisations, Gulf dignitaries, international media and members of the international jury and the technical advisory committee will attend the award ceremony.

Dr Klaus Toepfer, chairperson of the international jury and leading professor in Environment for Sustainable Development, announced the winners at a Press conference held at the Dubai Police Academy yesterday.

According to him, Dr Brundtland got the first prize for Global Leaders in Environment for her active involvement in sustainable development which started when she chaired the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED), popularly known as the Brundtland Commission, and her far-reaching approach to public health as director-general of WGO and her present achievements as special envoy on climate change for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon.

Prof Lubchenco and Prof Ramanathan won the second prize for their scientific and technological achievements in environment with the former known for her discovery of the fundamental ecological and evolutionary relationships among animals and plants and the effect of aquaculture on world fish supplies.

Prof Ramanathan was cited for identifying the famous chlorofluorocarbons, stratospheric ozone and other pollutants as significant man-made factors leading to global warming and his contributions to the discovery of widespread Atmospheric Brown Clouds (ABC) phenomenon.

He showed that soot in the clouds led to a reduction in the solar radiation at the ocean surface, heating of the atmosphere and the regional climate change in South Asia.

They will each receive US$300,000, a trophy and a diploma.

For the third prize, Environment Development Action in the Third World based in Senegal has demonstrated over 30 years of success in improving the environment and people's lives throughout the African continent.

Tierramerica, a specialised information service on environment and development produced by Inter Press Service (IPS), an international news agency, has served as a space for debate, drawing a wide range of social factors from Latin America and the world since 1995.

They will each receive US$200,000, a trophy and a diploma.

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