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UNEP, LG Electronics Agree to Partner on Champions of the Earth Awards


Seoul, Korea, 31 May 2009 – The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and LG Electronics (LGE), a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, agreed to be partners in the recognition of outstanding global environmental leaders through UNEP’s Champions of the Earth Awards.

The agreement was signed by Angela Cropper, Deputy Executive Director of UNEP and Young Kee Kim, Executive Vice President of LGE, at a ceremony held in Seoul, Korea. Under the three-year partnership, LGE will contribute KRW 0.7 billion (approximately USD 560,000) per year to support the Champions of the Earth.

A total of USD 200,000 in prize money will be awarded yearly to winners, starting in 2010, with the contribution from LGE.

Established in 2004, the Champions of the Earth is the flagship global award presented each year by UNEP to outstanding environmental leaders. This year the award has been revamped to distinguish environmental heroes not just in the field of Policy Leadership, as was the case in the previous years, but also in the areas of Science and Innovation, Entrepreneurial Vision, and Inspiration and Action.