Pavan Sukhdev Wins Prestigious Blue Planet Prize

15 June 2016 | United Nations Environment Programme News Release

Tokyo – Green economy pioneer and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador Pavan Sukhdev was announced today as the recipient of the 2016 Blue Planet Prize, marking the 25th anniversary of the award sponsored by the Asahi Glass Foundation.

Each year two Blue Planet Prizes are awarded to individuals or organizations for outstanding achievements in scientific research and its application to solve global environmental problems. University of Glasgow professor and former director of the Frankfurt Zoological Society Africa Program, Prof. Markus Borner of Switzerland is the other 2016 winner.

Mr. Sukhdev was recognized for pioneering the development of economic rationale and practical metrics for transition towards an inclusive green economy. Serving as study leader for the UNEP-hosted Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) – he has shown how valuing ecosystems and their services can translate into improved public policies and business practices. By developing sustainability metrics for corporate, provincial and national levels, he has been driving the momentum for the transition to an inclusive green economy.

“I wish to thank Asahi Glass Foundation for the great honour of being awarded the Blue Planet Prize,” said Mr. Sukhdev. “I am humbled by this recognition, and for being included in a list of pioneers from whom I draw inspiration and guidance.

“The Blue Planet Prize motivates me to continue my work on making nature’s economic values visible and better responded to by policy makers and business leaders, on redesigning the corporation, and on improving and implementing metrics and accounting systems for sustainability. These are all critical areas for transforming today’s defunct yet dominant economic model into an inclusive and green economy of permanence.”

Both recipients will be awarded a certificate of merit, a commemorative trophy and a supplementary award of 50 million yen (around $470,000) at the official award ceremony in Tokyo, in November. Commemorative lectures by the prize recipients will be held at the United Nations University (Shibuya Ward, Tokyo) on November 17.

About the Asahi Glass Foundation

The Asahi Glass Foundation strives to contribute to the creation of a society that can transmit the genuine wealth of human civilization by supporting advanced research in the fields of science and technology and by recognizing efforts to solve environmental issues that call for global solutions. The Asahi Glass Foundation was established in 1933 as the Asahi Foundation for Chemical Industry Promotion in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of AGC Asahi Glass. Over most of its first half-century, the foundation focused primarily on fostering research in the field of applied chemistry. In 1990, the foundation expanded the scope of its activities, established its commendation program and was renamed the Asahi Glass Foundation. Today, its main activities include grant-making and commendation programs.

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