World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


UN Environment Agency Recognises Three Students

UN Environment Agency Recognises Three Students For Contributions To Sustainable Innovation
New York, Nov 12 2012 5:10PM Three young students are being honoured for their contributions to environmental conservation and the promotion of sustainability in their home countries, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) has announced.

At a ceremony in Leverkusen Germany, UNEP declared Adriana Maria Villalobos Delgado of Costa Rica, Mwanyuma Hope Mugambi of Kenya and Dang Huyn Mai Anh of Viet Nam this year's recipients of the Young Environmental Leader Award for their impactful environmentalist projects.

"All of the 2012 Young Environmental Envoys clearly demonstrate that young people across the world have the motivation, creativity and knowledge to provide concrete solutions to the world's most critical environmental challenges," UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner "said at the award presentation, held on Saturday.

The laureates were selected on the final day of the Young Environmental Envoy Programme, a week-long programme co-organized by UNEP and pharmaceutical company Bayer, which brought together close to 50 young leaders from 19 developing countries for a study tour in Germany.

Ms. Delgado, a 20-year-old chemistry student at Costa Rica's Universidad Nacional, pioneered a system for extracting active ingredients for medicine from discarded shrimp shells in an effort to introduce more effect methods of waste management to her country's shrimping sector.

Ms. Mugambi, a 23-year-old student of environmental sciences in Mombasa, developed a project combining the artisanal skills of local Kenyan women with the growing supply of discarded polythene bags littering her city's streets as well as the municipal dump. She and her team of volunteers brought in local women to sew purses, bags and table mats from the plastic bags found in the community, providing the women with marketable skills as well as a source of income through the sale of their products.

Dang Huyn Mai Anh, meanwhile, developed an innovative approach to educating Viet Nam's households in reducing their energy consumption. After extensive research, the 20-year-old business administration student from Ho Chi Minh City designed, produced and distributed a 'Green Book for Housewives' providing valuable information on the economic savings that private households can make through efficient energy usage.

"With the right kind of support, these innovative projects can be scaled up and replicated elsewhere, thus providing an important contribution to an inclusive, low carbon, resource efficient green economy, which is vital if the world is to meet the resource needs of a global population of nine billion by 2050," Mr. Steiner added.

Since its founding, the UNEP programme has accepted over 500 young innovators from around the world to partake in the study tour.

The programme now covers a wide range of countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Venezuela, and Viet Nam. Nov 12 2012 5:10PM ________________ For more details go to UN News Centre at

Follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Werewolf: America, The Gated

How, in a global metropolis like New York, do you write about immigration as a problem to be solved? And yet immigration is a hot button issue among those fighting to break away from the unruly clump of starters in the race for Republican nominee. More>>


Binoy Kampmark: US Bomb Strikes Hospital In Kunduz

According to US military sources, “there may have been collateral damage” to the medical facility. “This incident is under investigation.” A statement issued by the office of the President Ashraf Ghani said that Army General John Campbell, chief of US-led forces in Afghanistan, apologised. More>>


Binoy Kampmark: The Fall Of Tony Abbott

The question was one of timing. The Coalition had been registering losses in poll after poll. The Abbott style hardly improved after a spill was forced on the party. Despite claiming that he would be ushering in a spring clean, he continued bypassing ministers and MPs... More>>



Pacific.Scoop: Smaller Pacific States Call For Coal Moratorium

PNG Loop: Leaders of the Pacific Smaller Island States have called on all nations – especially the advanced economies in the region – to rise to the challenge of climate change. They want to steer the world on a path where climate change is no longer a threat to earth. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news