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23rd International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment
Theme- Wasting Our Food is Wasting Our Planet


The International Children’s Painting Competition (ICPC) on the Environment is organized every year by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Japan-based Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE), Bayer and Nikon Corporation. Some 3 million entries from children in more than 150 countries have been received since the competition’s inception in 1991.

The ICPC is part of UNEP’s TUNZA programme for children and youth. “TUNZA” means to treat with care and respect in Kiswahili and is a wide-ranging programme to involve children and young people in environmental issues. The theme for this year’s competition is “Wasting Our Food is Wasting Our Planet.”

Students are invited to produce original artworks that illustrate the disconnect between the number of individuals who go hungry in our world versus the staggering amounts of food we waste globally. According to the “Think.Eat.Save: Reduce Your Foodprint” campaign, about one third of all food world-wide (1.3 billion tons) gets lost or is wasted each year. In industrialized nations, like the United States and Canada, grocery stores and individual people discard around 300 million tons of food that is still fit for consumption. This amount would be sufficient to feed the estimated 900 million people hungry in the world.

Download PDF Brochure with full information

Send your submissions to:
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Regional Office for North America (RONA)
900 17th Street NW, Suite 506
Washington, DC 20006, United States

The competition entry deadline is March 21, 2014. All entries must reach UNEP RONA by March 15 2013 to be eligible. Young people between 6 and 14 years are eligible to enter the competition.

For more information, contact Daiva Kacenauskaite, Tel: (202) 785-0465, Fax: (202) 785-2096
E-mail: Daiva.Kacenauskaite at unep.org

Click here to view artwork of past winners.


22nd International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment
Theme - Water: The Source of Life

The International Children’s Painting Competition (ICPC) on the Environment is organized every year by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Japan-based Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE), Bayer and Nikon Corporation. Some 3 million entries from children in more than 150 countries have been received since the competition’s inception in 1991.

The theme of the 22nd painting competition will be “Water: The Source of Life” and children will have until March 15th 2013 to submit their entries.

Students are invited to produce original artworks that focus on water and its importance for the survival and well-being of people everywhere. Everything that you can define as life happens because of the actions of protein in water. Because without any water; plants, animals and humans will die. Water supports the plants grow so that we could breathe in oxygen and eat food. Water supports animals to survive. Without water, there will be no life on earth.

Water is the source of all life on earth. We all share the responsibility to ensure a healthy, secure and sustainable water supply for our communities, environment, and economy – our quality of life depends on it.

Download PDF brochure with full information

Send your submissions to:
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Regional Office for North America (RONA)
900 17th Street NW, Suite 506
Washington, DC 20006, United States

For more information, contact Daiva Kacenauskaite, Tel: (202) 785-0465, Fax: (202) 785-2096
E-mail: Daiva.Kacenauskaite at unep.org

Deadline: All entries must reach UNEP RONA by March 15 2013 to be eligible. Young people between 6 and 14 years are eligible to enter the competition.

Click here to learn more about North American Regional Prize Categories and Entry Rules and Conditions. Click here to learn about global prizes.

View the list of past winners here and the paintings from the 2011 winners here.

 

Prizes

Global winners:
The 1st Prize:

One entrant – US$ 2,000 with a fully paid trip for the winner and a chaperone to the next TUNZA International Children’s Conference (date and venue to be confirmed later). The winner will also receive a plaque and supplementary prizes.

The 2nd Prize:
One entrant – US$ 1,000 and a fully paid trip for the winner and chaperone to the next TUNZA International Children’s Conference (date and venue to be confirmed later). The winner will also receive a plaque and supplementary prizes.

The 3rd Prize:
Three entrants a diploma for each winner (No cash)

The 4th Prize:
Ten entrants a diploma for each winner (No cash)

The 5th Prize:
Thirty five entrants a diploma for each winner (No cash)

Regional winners:
One winner only from each region: Africa; Asia and the Pacific; West Asia; Europe; Latin America and the Caribbean; and North America. US$ 1,000 and fully paid trip for each winner and a chaperone to the next TUNZA International Children’s Conference (venue and date to be confirmed later). For the winner of the North American region ONLY the prize will also include an all expenses paid trip for the winner and a chaperon to North American World Environment Day (WED) celebrations on June 5, 2013 (location to be confirmed.)



21st International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment
Theme – Green Communities

The International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment is organized every year by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Japan-based Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE), Bayer and Nikon Corporation. Some 3 million entries from children in more than 150 countries have been received since the competition’s inception in 1991.

The theme of the 21st painting competition will be “Green Communities” and children will have until 29 February 2012 to submit their entries.

Students are invited to produce original artworks that illustrate their ideas on environmental protection in important areas of life. In designing their paintings, students should consider what makes them sad about the environment and what wishes or hopes they have for protecting it. The environment includes communities, cities, forests, oceans and atmosphere. Students’ views on environmental protection should be reflected in their work.

Click here to learn more about North American Regional Prize Categories and Entry Rules and Conditions.

View the list of 2012 winners here.

 

20th International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment
Theme: Life in the Forests

The International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment is organized every year by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Japan-based Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE), Bayer and Nikon Corporation. Some 2.4 million entries from children in more than 100 countries have been received since the competition’s inception in 1991.

The theme for this year’s competition is Life in the Forests.

Students are invited to produce original artworks that focus on forests and their impact on the survival and well-being of people everywhere, all seven billion of us. Forests provide shelter to people, and numerous plants and animals; they serve as a source of food, medicine and clean water; and play a vital role in maintaining a stable global climate and environment. The organizers are inviting children all over the world to submit their paintings to the UNEP office in their region.

Send your submissions to:
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Regional Office for North America (RONA)
900 17th Street NW, Suite 506
Washington, DC 20006, United States

For more information, contact Andrea DiPaola, Tel: (202) 621-5037, Fax: (202) 785-2096
E-mail: andrea.dipaola at unep.org

Deadline: All entries must reach UNEP RONA by April 15, 2011.

Click here to learn more about North American Regional Prize Categories and Entry Rules and Conditions. Click here to learn about global prizes.

View past winning paintings here.

2011 Winning Paintings

2011 Finalist Paintings

2011 Painting Exhibit

World Environment Day

World Environment Day (WED) was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 at the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment.

Commemorated each year on June 5, WED is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action. With thousands of events in UNEP's six global regions: Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America and West Asia, WED is considered one of the largest environmental events of its kind.

North American WED celebrations have been hosted by Alaska (2007), Chicago (2008), Omaha (2009), Pittsburgh (2010) and Toronto (2011).

For information on WED 2010 in Pittsburgh, visit www.pittsburghwed.com.

For information on WED 2011 in Toronto, visit www.toronto.ca/livegreen/greenlife_wed.htm.

For information on WED 2011 celebrations worldwide, visit www.unep.org/wed and www.unep.org/wed/actvities.

For information on WED 2011 celebrations in San Francisco, visit  http://climatechangeeducation.org/events/sunday_streets/0611_bayview/

Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign

The Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign is a worldwide tree planting initiative coordinated by UNEP. People, communities, businesses, industry, civil society organizations and governments are encouraged to enter tree planting pledges on-line. The campaign strongly encourages the adherence to the three basic rules of tree planting: Plant the right tree at the right place at the right time. Planting indigenous trees and trees that are appropriate to the local environment is crucial.

By the end of 2009, more than 7.4 billion trees by participants from 170 countries had been planted under this campaign – far in excess of the year-end target of seven billion. With this success continuing into 2010, the Campaign will make a substantial contribution to the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity, raising awareness of the importance of biodiversity for our well-being. Trees play a crucial role as fundamental components of the biodiversity that forms the foundation of the living networks and systems that provide us all with health, wealth, food, fuel and vital ecosystem services our lives depend on. They help provide breathable air, drinkable water, fertile soils and a stable climate. The billions of trees planted by the collective efforts of participants of the Billion Tree Campaign from all parts of society will contribute to biodiversity across the planet.

For more information on the Billion Tree Campaign, visit http://www.unep.org/BILLIONTREECAMPAIGN/

The Billion Tree Campaign in North America

The Appalachia Regional Restoration Initiative (ARRI) is a capacity-building effort among UNEP RONA and the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.  ARRI's pledge to plant 38 million trees is part of UNEP's Seven Billion Tree Campaign.

In support of this partnership, in March 2009, UNEP RONA visited Kentucky to help volunteers plant trees on an abandoned mine site. This event led to the creation of a green jobs tree planting proposal to stimulate the economy of Appalachia and reap the ecological benefits of a region-wide reforestation effort.  This new commitment has grown into the Green Forest Works for Appalachia program, whereby 125 million trees will be planted over the next five years, resulting in the creation of more than 2,000 green jobs and restoring forests on approximately 70,820 hectares of barren mine lands.