Green Star Award Winners 2009

Green Star Awards for Excellence in Preparedness, Prevention & Response to Environmental Emergencies

The Green Star Awards is a collaborative initiative between the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and Green Cross International. The purpose of the Green Star Awards (GSA) event is to recognize outstanding individuals or organisations that have made remarkable efforts to prevent, prepare for, and respond to environmental emergencies – as well as to integrate environment with humanitarian action across the world.

The awards ceremony in 2009 was held in Brussels in conjunction with the 8th meeting of the international Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies (AGEE), which is hosted by the European Commission.


The 2009 winners were:

An international jury of environmental emergency experts selected the winners, based on their work in a variety of domains including international response and capacity-building missions.

These first ever recipients of the Green Star Awards have demonstrated immense dedication to and capacity for responding to environmental emergencies and also to helping affected populations both immediately and in the long run. Due to climate change and the increased frequency and severity of such disasters, it is important that the world becomes aware of environmental emergencies and the best way to respond quickly and adequately” – Alexander Likhotal, President of Green Cross International.

These awards highlight the environmental impact of natural and man-made disasters. I hope that by improving awareness of the environmental consequences of such emergencies, we can improve response to future disasters by having more actors involved” – John Holmes, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.

“The Green Star Awards recognize the efforts of leaders whose work ultimately contributes to the stability of post-crisis societies” – Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director.

Green Cross Award Winners (2009)

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