Blue Planet anniversary: a stimulus for action

15 February 2012 | News story

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Blue Planet Prize and inject fresh impetus to global environmental action, IUCN’s Director General is part of a team of Blue Planet laureates working on a report ‘Environment and Development Challenges: the Imperative to Act’. This will be presented to the Rio+20 conference and other key international meetings, including the IUCN World Conservation Congress in September.

The Blue Planet Prize was established in 1992, the year of the Rio Earth Summit, by the Asahi Glass Foundation. It is presented to individuals or organizations worldwide in recognition of outstanding achievements in scientific research and its application in finding solutions to global environmental problems.

The award’s name was inspired by the remark "the Earth is blue," spoken by the first human in space, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. The Blue Planet Prize was named in the hope that our blue planet will be a shared asset capable of sustaining human life far into the future.

The Asahi Glass Foundation wishes to mark the 20th anniversary of the Prize with a fresh start in its efforts to help build an environmentally-friendly society.

IUCN was awarded the Blue Planet Prize in 1993. Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre was joined at the recent meeting of Blue Prize Laureates by Simon Stuart, Chair of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission.