UN official wins top sustainable development award

Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, will share the $125,000 prize with Enrique Peñalosa, former mayor of the Colombian capital, Bogotá, and Sören Hermansen of Denmark, who was named a “Hero of the Environment” by Time Magazine last year.“With over 50 per cent of humanity now living in urban areas, the award highlights the urgent need for sustainable urbanization for the future of the planet,” said Ms. Tibaijuka.She joins former United States Vice-President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Al Gore as a recipient of the Göteborg Award, which is celebrating its tenth year and is funded by the Swedish city and private companies.The jury panel said that this year’s winners, who will receive their prizes at a ceremony in November, “are ambassadors for one of the most decisive factors for humanity – the battle for sustainable development in the cities and towns around the globe.” 22 June 2009The head of the United Nations agency tasked with promoting socially and environmentally sustainable housing is one of three winners of this year’s prestigious Göteborg Award, known as the “Nobel Prize in Environment.” read more

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Government investigates Udayangas email statements

In one such statement, Udayanga Weeratunga had denied the  allegations against him and claimed he was in Ukraine. The emails, in the form of media statements, had been published in some local media but Perera said that there were doubts over the authenticity of the emails. Weeratunga, who has been accused by the Government of giving arms to rebels in Ukraine, had said that the allegations are false and that he is not under any investigation in Ukraine.Weeratunga has been accused of supplying arms to Ukrainian rebels while he was the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia. (Colombo Gazette) The Government is investigating the email statements reportedly issued by Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga.Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith Perera said that suspicions had arisen after it was found that the emails were being sent from an email linked to a local politician. read more

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