Green Star Awards: FAQs

 

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What is the objective of the Green Star Awards?
The Green Star Awards recognize outstanding individuals or organisations that have made remarkable efforts to prevent, prepare for, and respond to environmental emergencies – as well as to integrate environment with humanitarian action across the world.

Environmental emergencies are disasters (such as industrial accidents, earthquakes, or conflicts) where there is both severe environmental damage as well as harm to human health and/or livelihoods.

The biennial Green Star Awards, first presented in 2009, are a collaborative initiative between the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Green Cross International (GCI), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
 

Who are the organizers of the Green Star Awards?

 

Why were the Green Star Awards initiated?

The idea for the Awards was conceived in June 2007 during the 7th Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies (AGEE) meeting in Rosersberg, Sweden, where  participants recommended the establishment of a special recognition scheme. As a result, OCHA, UNEP and Green Cross International were requested to develop a suitable award. They first edition was presented in 2009, followed by 2011.

What is an environmental emergency?

Environmental emergencies are sudden-onset disasters or accidents resulting from natural, technological or human-induced factors, or a combination of these that cause or threaten to cause severe environmental damage as well as loss of human lives and livelihoods. (UNEP Governing Council)

 

What is a disaster?
A serious disruption of the functioning of a community or a society involving widespread human, material, economic or environmental losses and impacts, which exceeds the ability of the affected community or society to cope using its own resources. (United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction)

 

What is meant by preparedness in the context of environmental emergencies and disasters?
The knowledge and capacities developed by governments, professional response and recovery organizations, communities and individuals to effectively anticipate, respond to, and recover from, the impacts of likely, imminent or current hazard events or conditions. (United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction)

 

What is meant by prevention?
The outright avoidance of adverse impacts of hazards and related disasters. (United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction)

 

What is meant by response?
The provision of emergency services and public assistance during, or immediately after a disaster, in order to save lives, reduce health impacts, ensure public safety and meet the basic subsistence needs of the people affected.

 

What is AGEE?
The Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies (AGEE) was established in 1995, at the recommendation of governments. It is an inter-governmental consultative mechanism that brings together disaster managers and environmentalists from developed and developing countries to exchange ideas and experiences on global environmental emergency response and preparedness issues.

 

What does the Award entail?
The award consists of a trophy that is presented to the winners in a solemn ceremony.

 

Can I nominate myself?

Yes. You may choose to nominate yourself, your own organisation, or a third party whom you believe should receive recognition. See the Award categories for more information.

 

When will the awardees be notified?
The winners will be notified in early spring 2017, upon completion of the selection procedure by the Judging Panel.

 

When and where will the 2017 edition be presented?
The 2017 edition of the Green Star Awards will be presented on 13 June 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya, as part of the 2017 Environment and Emergencies Forum (EEF). An event to honor the 2017 awardees will also be held during Green Cross International’s General Assembly in the fall of 2017.

 
Will my travel expenses to the ceremony be covered?

Yes, travel expenses to receive the award will be covered. In the event that awardees are not able to attend the award ceremony, announcement of their selection will still be part of the ceremony and any public information activities.