Sheikh Hasina wins UN award
Posted on September 14th, 2015

By NJ Thakuria

Guwahati: The Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is awarded by the United Nations ‘in recognition of Bangladesh’s far-reaching initiatives to address climate change’. Ms Hasina will receive the Champions of the Earth award in the Policy Leadership category at a ceremony scheduled for 27 September 2015 at New York.

A media statement, provided by the United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan in New Delhi, said that the award ‘recognizes Bangladesh’s first-off-the-block initiatives under Prime Minister Hasina’s government to prepare the ecologically fragile country for the challenges it faces from climate change’.

With a population of more than 159 million, Bangladesh is one of the world’s most populated countries. It is also one of the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Cyclones, floods and droughts have long been part of the country’s history, but they have intensified in recent years,” said the statement.

Serving as Prime Minister of Bangladesh – one of the world’s least-developed countries – Sheikh Hasina has proven that investing in climate change is conducive to achieving social and economic development, added the statement.

The annual Champions of the Earth award is the highest environmental accolade that the United Nations can confer upon outstanding individuals and organizations. Previous laureates of this inclusive award range from leaders of nations to grassroots activists – all visionaries whose leadership and actions drive the world ever closer to its aspirations of environmental sustainability and a life of dignity for all. To date, the Champions of the Earth has recognized 67 laureates in the categories of policy, science, business and civil society.

The other winners named so far are the National Geographic Society (Science and Innovation); Brazilian cosmetics firm Natura (Entrepreneurial Vision); and South Africa’s Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit (Inspiration and Action). Other winners will be announced throughout September.

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