Theme: Climate Change: Actions we can take now

 The International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment is organized annually by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Japan-based Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE), Bayer and Nikon Corporation. It has been held since 1991 and has received over 190,000 entries from children in over 100 countries. This year’s Competition will focus on Climate Change: actions we can take now to reduce our negative impact.  The children’s paintings can focus on concrete actions such as using renewable energy, introducing energy saving light bulbs at home, sharing vehicles and using public transport, planting trees, etc. The competition will run from 24 September to 15 January 2008. The organizers invite children all over the world to submit their paintings to the UNEP office in their regions. Addresses of these offices are indicated on the next page.  Entry Rules and Conditions: Children who will be between the age of 6 and 14 years on World Environment Day 2007 (5 June 2008). 1)     Paintings must be done on A4 OR A3 papers. (210 X 295 MM, 11-3/4" x 8-1/4".) 2)    Full name, age (day, month, year) and full address including phone and e-mail (in English) must be on the back of the painting.3)    Style of painting is free: crayons, colored pencils, watercolors, etc.4)    Paintings that have been shown or accepted in other competitions will not be accepted.5)    Paintings that show a particular person, an organization or a brand name will not be accepted.6)    Do not include any words or descriptions in the paintings.7)    Only hard copies of paintings will be accepted.  (E-mail entries will only be accepted if accompanied by hard copies).

Prizes: Global winners:   The 1st Prize:

One entrant - US$ 2,000 with a fully paid trip for the winner and a chaperone to the main World Environment Day (WED) celebrations in Wellington, New Zealand on 5 June 2008. The winner will also receive a plaque and supplementary prizes.

 The 2nd Prize:

Two entrants - US$ 1,000 each and a fully paid trip for winners and chaperones to WED celebrations in Wellington, New Zealand on 5 June 2008. Each winner will also receive a plaque and supplementary prizes.

 The 3rd Prize:

Five entrants – A diploma for each winner (No cash)

 The 4th Prize:

Ten entrants – A diploma for each winner (No cash)

 The 5th Prize:Forty 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 an all expense paid trip for each winner and their chaperones to WED celebrations in Wellington, New Zealand on 5 June 2008. Each winner will also receive a plaque and supplementary prizes.  (Note that by entering the competition, you have assigned copyright of your painting(s) to the organizers.  The painting(s) will not be returned and will be used to raise environmental awareness through exhibition, websites, posters, publications etc)  Selection of winners:Winners will be selected through a fair and impartial selection process by the Selection Committee appointed by the organizers. No additional special prizes for other topics anymore Announcement of winners:(1) Regional winners will be announced on 22 April 2008(2) Global winners will be announced on 5 June 2008 UNEP Regional Office for Africa P.O. Box 30552Room A-120Nairobi-KenyaTel: (254 20) 762 4292, Fax: (254 20) 762 3928Email: Angele.Luh@unep.org UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific 2nd Floor, United Nations BuildingRajdamnern Avenue, Bangok 10200 ThailandTel :( 66-2) 288-2314, Fax; (66-2) 280- 3829 Email: sarabuddhi@un.org UNEP Regional Office for Europe 11-13 chemin des AnémonesCH-1219 Châtelaine-GenèveTel: +41 (0) 22 917 8279, Fax: +41 (0) 22 797 3420E-mail: Kristin.ebbesen@unep.ch  UNEP Regional Office for Latin America & the Caribbean Clayton, Ciudad del Saber - Avenida Morse, Edificio 132Corregimiento de Ancón - Ciudad de Panamá, Tel.: (507) 305-3164 (directo), Fax: (507)305-3105E-mail: elizabeth.osorio@mail.pnuma.org  UNEP Regional Office for North America 1707 H Street, NW, Suite 300Washington, DC 20006Tel: 1 (202) 974.13.09, Fax: 1 (202) 785-2096E-mail: tcieux@rona.unep.org UNEP Regional Office for West Asia P.O. Box: 10880Manama, Kingdom of BahrainTel: (+973) 17812752, Fax :( +973) 17825110E-mail: Awatif.Buchiri@unep.org.bh  Deadline:Entries must reach the relevant UNEP regional office by 15 January 2008 at the latest.