Dubai, Uae (PressExposure) March 16, 2011 -- His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, yesterday presented the Zayed International Prize for the Environment to a group of select high achievers in the field of environmental conservation and protection.
In a glittering function attended by leading international personalities, senior government officials and leaders of society at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sheikh Mohammed honoured the awardees with the world's most valuable environmental award in recognition of their outstanding achievements in their respective fields. The Zayed Prize for the Environment, which is worth US$ 1 million in prize money, is held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed and is renowned worldwide as acknowledgement for extraordinary contributions to environmental causes internationally.
President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea was awarded Zayed Prize for Global Leadership in Environment. President Lee has been acknowledged as the driving force behind beginning the transformation of the Republic of Korea into a pioneer for 'green growth'. The government has steered the drive towards creating a sustainable model for 'green' development, creating new opportunities in the harnessing of new technologies to anchor economic growth. The country, thanks to President Lee's efforts, is now firmly on the path of low-carbon, resource-efficient growth.
The Zayed Prize for Scientific and Technological Achievements in the field of Environment was awarded to Sir Partha Dasgupta of India. Sir Dasgupta is the Frank Ramsey Professor of Economics at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom and is considered one of the most outstanding environmental economists of his generation. Sir Dasgupta has been involved in pioneering initiatives that linked sustainability with economic development well before 'green development' became fashionable.
Dr. Mathis Wackernagel from Switzerland and Prof. Najib Saab from Lebanon shared the Zayed Prize for Environmental Action leading to positive change in society.
Dr. Mathis Wackernagel has, through the co-founding of the GFN in 2003, thrown new light on the complexity of humanity's impact on the environment and natural resources and translated its impact into a more understandable and actionable form. The concept of setting ecological limits and relating the demands of human beings to the planet's available ecological resources has resulted in concrete action from governments, business and civil society. Thanks to Dr. Wackernagel's leadership, the Footprint is now recognised as the authorititative indicator of sustainability.
Prof. Najib Saab founded the extremely successful and path-breaking Al-Bia Wal-Tanmia (Environment and Development) magazine in 1996. The magazine triggered unprecedented environmental awareness at all levels, built a new relationship between the policy-makers and people of the Arab world with the issues of environment and sustainability, and placed the environment high on national and regional agendas. The magazine and Mr Saab's vision also acted as a springboard for a wider pan-Arab initiative which catalyzed in 2006 the establishment of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED).