UNEP chief honoured

The Theodor Heuss Foundation has awarded its 2005 prize to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) executive director, Klaus Toepfer, according to a UNEP statement on Monday.

The foundation said Toepfer was named as recipients of the award because he is a “passionate and internationally respected advocate of sustainable development and international cooperation,” said the statement.

The Foundation also commended Toepfer for his “continuous endeavours toward global solutions in support of environmental and sustainable development that reach far and beyond the national scope and short-term economic interests of nations.”

The awards ceremony for the Theodor Heuss prize will take place on April 29, 2005, in Stuttgart, Germany. Horst Koehler, the current president of Germany, and Richard von Weizsaecker, a former president, will speak at the event. Many former recipients of the prize will also attend, said the UNEP statement.

The Theodor Heuss Prize is awarded annually by the non-partisan Theodor Heuss Foundation to public figures who excel politically or socially.

Named after the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Theodor Heuss Foundation was formed in 1964. Each year the foundation looks to honour exemplary citizens and has supported moral courage and tolerance and helped young people fight against abuse and injustice.

Source: UNEP