A Moment for Recognizing Excellence
Today, we take a moment to recognize some of the leaders working at the population-environment nexus. It is an easy task, because they have been winning awards and recognition. And, being familiar or acquainted with most of these fine folks, we know they feel that awards are fine, but the work that remains is beyond urgent. Congratulations, however, to them. In order, we have:
- Mathis Wackernagel & Bill Rees winning the 2012 Kenneth E. Boulding Award
- Shiv Kare, Executive Director of the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD, recently honored at the 5th International Parliamentarians’ Conference on the Implementation of ICPD Programme of Action
- PMC’s office in Ethiopia, led by Dr. Negussie Teferra, won a 2012 Aspen Institute Resolve Award for the radio serial drama Meiraf.
Wackernagel & Rees win the 2012 Kenneth E. Boulding Award
Global Footprint Network is thrilled to announce that Co-Founder and President Dr. Mathis Wackernagel and Dr. William Rees, co-creators of the Ecological Footprint, have been named the winners of the 2012 Kenneth E. Boulding Award, the world’s top honor in the field of ecological economics.
The International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE), made the announcement leading up to the Rio+20 Earth Summit, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), in Rio de Janeiro, where the awards will be presented.
The biennial award is given to “outstanding individuals who have contributed original and seminal approaches that have furthered our understanding of the interfaces between the social, ecological, ethical, economic and political dimensions of our world,” said the ISEE in announcing the award.
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Shiv Kare wins recognition for his contributions in shaping the Asian regional and global parliamentarians’ movement on population and development.
Istanbul: Mr. Shiv Khare, Executive Director of the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD), was honoured for his contributions in shaping the regional and global parliamentarians’ movement on population and development at the 5th International Parliamentarians’ Conference on the Implementation of ICPD Programme of Action (IPCI-ICPD) in Istanbul, Turkey on 25th May, 2012.
“Since 1993, Mr Shiv Khare has been the main organizer of the UNFPA-sponsored international parliamentarians’ conferences on population and development in Cairo, Copenhagen, Geneva, Tokyo and Bangkok. It is therefore as a direct result of his actions that we are all here,” said Honorable Yvonne Herta Gilli Stocker, MP from Switzerland, while presenting at the awards ceremony.
“Shiv has also been responsible for the development of AFPPD – the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development – in last 19 years. This is EPF’s sister network – the organization building parliamentary support for ICPD issues across Asia. Mr. Shiv Khare, a national of India, has also been responsible for the formation of regional parliamentarian forums on population and development, specifically the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development.
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Note: PMC’s award was accepted by Dr. Kebede Worku, State Minister, Ethiopia
About Meiraf: In June 2010, Population Media Center began broadcasting its sixth radio serial drama, Mieraf (“New Beginning”) in the Amharic language. The program, funded by UNICEF, addresses the role and importance of health extension workers.
There are over 30,000 health extension workers living throughout Ethiopia. These health extension workers have been trained to help communities deal with basic health issues, providing family planning services and assist with births. Unfortunately, many people in the community do not utilize these services and PMC hopes to change that perception throughout Ethiopia through Mieraf.
Mieraf provides role models for the general community in addition to the health extension workers. It also increases awareness and acceptance of the responsibilities of health extension workers. The drama airs twice a week and is divided into two segments. The second segment, Fenote (“The Right Road”), features live discussions with real-life Health Extension Workers to help build trust and a common understanding with the people they are ultimately trying to help and serve.
One student from Mekele University in Ethiopia wrote to PMC about the program in January 2011 and said, “As a medical student, I knew beforehand the Health Extension Program was a strategy employed by the government, but I had little knowledge of the procedures, the good practices, and also the challenges of the program. I now know that the strategy of preventative care greatly reduces mortality rates and plays an important role in the betterment of the health situation of the country. This program is the way forward.”