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HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark honors winner of UN Competition

On “World Environment Day” June 5th HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark will hand over the Nordic Council of Ministers Award to the winner of a UN ad competition on water preservation as a lead up to the Rio+20 conference.

31.05.2012

The Drop by Drop competition is a part of the UN Secretary-General´s campaign, the Future We Want, leading up to Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil in June, where water shortage is a main theme.

A jury of experts - including EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard - chose the winner out of more than 3,500 ads submitted to the competition from 45 European countries.

Run up to Rio +20

The Drop by Drop competition is a part of the UN Secretary-General´s campaign, the Future We Want, leading up to Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil in June. Water shortage will be among the main themes under discussion by world leaders at this crucial global event. The award ceremony in Copenhagen thus serves as a local lead up to Rio in Denmark and the Nordic region.

Danish Minister talks development

More than 30 embassies in Copenhagen will be represented at the event, which at takes place at Nordatlantens Brygge in Copenhagen, the seat of the North Atlantic countries Greenland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. The programme also includes a panel debate on the water crisis, where Christian Friis Bach, Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, will give the opening speech.

Kim Nøhr Skibsted, Group Vice President of Grundfos, Karin Lexén, Director of Stockholm International Water Institue, Magnus Rystedt, CEO, Nordic Environment Finance Cooperation and Helle Munk Ravnborg, Senior Researcher at Danish Institute for International Studies will discuss how the Nordic countries can contribute to the world’s escalating water crisis in a sustainable way.

Exhibition tour planned

The finalists in the competition will be displayed on the competition website www.dropbydrop.eu and published in newspapers which have joined a media partnership with UNRIC. Already, 22 exhibitions have also been planned in thirteen countries. Danish pump manufacturer Grundfos sponsors a tour of the posters to the Nordic Council of Ministers's representatives and offices in ten countries in the Baltic and Nordic region, plus Nortwest Russia.

The competition was organized by UNRIC, the United Nations Regional Information Centre in Brussels in cooperation with UNEP, the UN Environment Programme and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, with the support of the Nordic Council of Ministers. 

Contacts

Louise Hagemann
Phone +45 21 71 71 41
Email loha@norden.org