Green Star Awards: UN and Green Cross invite nominations

24 June, 2014
24 Jan 2014. Estancia, the Philippines. Workers clean up an oil spill at Estancia on the north-east tip of Iloilo Province in the Central Philippines. The leak was triggered when Typhoon Haiyan forced a barge to run aground spilling an estimated 200,000 litres of oil.  Credit: OCHA/Gemma Cortes
24 Jan 2014. Estancia, the Philippines. Workers clean up an oil spill at Estancia on the north-east tip of Iloilo Province in the Central Philippines. The leak was triggered when Typhoon Haiyan forced a barge to run aground spilling an estimated 200,000 litres of oil. Credit: OCHA/Gemma Cortes

OCHA, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the NGO Green Cross International have called for nominations for the 2015 Green Star Awards.

These biennial awards recognize individuals, organizations, governments and companies that have made remarkable achievements in preventing or responding to environmental emergencies.

Environmental emergencies are disasters that cause severe environmental damage in addition to harming health and livelihoods. For example, when Typhoon Haiyan struck the Central Philippines in November 2013, it forced a barge to run aground on the north-east coast of Iloilo Province. An estimated 200,000 litres of oil was spilled, contaminating rivers and sanitation infrastructure and inundating homes.

Recognizing individuals and organizations that make a difference

“Climate change and environmental degradation have increased the vulnerability of millions of people around the world,” said UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos. “Communities are at the forefront of the response supported by disaster managers and humanitarian workers.

“The Green Star Awards recognise those individuals and organisations that make a difference and help to promote innovative solutions.”
Nominations for the Green Star Awards will be accepted until 10 November 2014. Jury members representing OCHA, UNEP and Green Cross International will announce the winners in June 2015 during the Environmental Emergencies Forum hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Olso, Norway.