1. Global leaders in political, private, and civil spheres met in New York to celebrate the Champions of the Earth awards. Seven laureates were recognized in a ceremony hosted by UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Gisele Bundchen at the American Museum of Natural History.

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  2. Download hi-res edit pack of Felipe Calderon's speech at the occasion of UNEP's Champions of the Earth award ceremony. Email championsoftheearth@unep.org for full script

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  3. Watch highlights of the 2011 the Champions of the Earth award ceremony. This years winners are President Felipe Calderon (Mexico) for Policy Leadership; Dr. Olga Speranskaya (Russia) for Science & Innovation; Mr. Zhang Yue (China) for Entrepreneurial Vision; and Mr. Louis Palmer (Switzerland) and Ms. Angélique Kidjo (Benin) for Inspiration & Action.

    Ceremony is hosted by Gisele Bundchen

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  4. Mexican president, Felipe Calderon, accepts UNEP's Champions of the Earth Award in a speech at the American National Museum, New York.

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  5. Inspiration & Action [co-winner] A voice loved by thousands of fans around the world, singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo is also a powerful voice for humanitarian and environmental change. Described by Time Magazine as "Africa's premier diva", Benin-born Kidjo uses her celebrity status to speak out in support of a number of important causes, particularly girls’ education and sustainable development.

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UNEP Champions of the Earth 2011


The 2011 Champions of the Earth, the United Nations’ flagship environmental award seeks to recognize some of the best and brightest individuals – those who take action through visionary thinking, unwavering dedication and action towards global green growth.

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