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Ambassador Mohamed Sahnoun has been awarded the 2007 ‘Elizabeth Haub Prize for Environmental Diplomacy’. The award, which recognizes significant achievements in the field of environmental law and diplomacy, was conferred on May 14 at a ceremony in New York.

Mohamed Sahnoun (Photo: Edward Peters)Ambassador Mohamed Sahnoun, Founder and Chair of the Caux Forum for Human Security, has been awarded the 2007 ‘Elizabeth Haub Prize for Environmental Diplomacy’. The award, which recognizes significant achievements in the field of environmental law and diplomacy, was conferred on May 14 at a ceremony in New York.

The award was established in 1997 by Pace University and the Council for International Environmental Law to honour individuals who have distinguished themselves through their contributions to the development and promotion of international law.

Elizabeth Haub Prize for Environmental DiplomacyStephen Friedman, President of Pace University, introduced the Laureate citing his ‘unique ability to bring disparate parties to the table’. In presenting the Gold Medal, Dr. Wolfgang Burhenne, Executive Governor of the International Council of Environmnental Law, enumerated Ambassador Sahnoun’s many contributions in the field, especially to the Brundtland Commission on Sustainable Development and in the drafting of the Earth Charter. He spoke with great warmth of Ambassador Sahnoun’s readiness ‘to listen to all sides’ and his unfailing capacity to make people smile.

In accepting the award, Ambassador Sahnoun reminded the audience, which included previous recipients of the prize, that the world is still behind in the race to halt environmental degradation. ‘Change cannot be imposed through law,’ he said, but must impact ‘culture and values’. In closing he spoke of the Caux Forum for Human Security, and suggested that the best way out of the current crisis is through a ‘Green Economy’.

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