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Submitted by: Bayer

Categories: Community Development

Posted: Oct 27, 2006 – 11:05 AM EST


United Nations and Bayer call on children to submit paintings on theme of "Climate Change"

Oct. 27 /CSRwire/ - Leverkusen / Nairobi -"Climate Change" is the subject of the 16th International Children's Painting Competition on the Environment, a global contest organized jointly by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Bayer AG and supported by the Japan-based Foundation for Global Peace and the Environment. It is open to children all over the world between the ages of eight and 14. Since 1991, over 170,000 children from more than 100 countries have submitted pictures in which they have expressed their fears and hopes about the environment.

Winners are selected for the regions of Europe, Africa, North America, Asia-Pacific, West Asia and Latin America, and a global winner is then also chosen. All winners will receive a trip for themselves and an accompanying adult to the 2007 official World Environment Day celebrations in Norway, together with cash and other attractive prizes. The winning and other selected paintings will be exhibited at the World Environment Day itself and later at international exhibitions, as well as on the websites of UNEP and Bayer.

Bayer is UNEP's first private partner in youth and the environment. Together, Bayer and UNEP organize around a dozen environmental projects for young people around the world. In addition to the Children's Painting Competition, these include international youth environmental forums, a magazine, a photographic competition in Eastern Europe and the Environmental Envoy Program, which culminates every year in the invitation to Germany of selected young people from all over the world to learn about environmental protection. Bayer supports the joint activities with sponsorship amounting to one million euros per annum and additional donations in kind.

Entries to the Children's Painting Competition should be sent by December 31, 2006, to the relevant UNEP regional offices (see overview below).

For more information on the International Children's Painting Competition, please refer to the following websites:

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