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ICVolunteers’ GreenVoice Programme wins WSIS e-Environment Prize

ICVolunteers’ GreenVoice Programme wins WSIS e-Environment Prize

16 aug 2011, Vancouver (Canada)

The GreenVoice Programme includes a photography exhibition aiming to value our natural habitat and heritage through an artistic eye. The photos shown are part of a selection of images communicating perspectives from nearly 100 countries. GreenVoice also educates children about sustainability in hands-on exercises and excursions to La Voirie, the recycling and waste management center in Geneva.

The 4th GreenVoice exhibition was held on Lac Leman from July to August 2011. Under the theme “Sustainable Development, Sustainable Energy, Citizenship and Volunteerism”, GreenVoice leads viewers on a journey through five continents, from the Philippines to Colombia, through India, Lithuania and Mali. The exhibition engaged with volunteer photographers and reporters who provided their own perspectives about the environment, citizenship and volunteerism. Friends of Safe Planet contributed to the exhibition.


Safe Planet Happening in Vancouver

Safe Planet Happenings in Vancouver

18 jul - 28 aug 2011, Geneva (Switzerland)

This summer, during July and August 2011, the Safe Planet Campaign produced and entertain a variety of events highlighting the serious issues of plastic pollution in the ocean, and other important global issues concerning hazardous chemicals and wastes as they affect our planet and our bodies. Via the arts and outreach, Friends of Safe Planet brought information and public awareness of our increasingly toxic body burden.


People | Products | Protection | Safe Planet

People | Products | Protection | Safe Planet

24 jun 2011, Geneva (Switzerland)

Side event to the 5th Conference of the Parties of the Rotterdam Convention

An interactive discussion to raise global awareness of the solutions oered by instruments and practices of sound chemicals and waste management through their life-cycle.
The session explored ways to assist Parties to better meet their obligations under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions and maximise the benets to their countries. This was achieved through raising the global and national prole of chemicals and wastes and engaging all stakeholders with special amphasis on consumers and other end users.


The launch of the Safe Planet web site

The launch of the Safe Planet web site

16 jun 2011, Geneva (Switzerland)

The celebrating the launch of the Safe Planet Campaign web site.


"Map and Sip"; Safe Planet at Biennale, Venice

COP Stockholm

2-4 jun, 2011, Venice The first thing one experiences entering Venice, is water. From the Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia, the main train staion, it’s a 20 step walk to the Grand Canal, which runs like a snake through the island. Barbara Benish´s artist intervention, “Map and Sip”, which put nearly 1000 placemats with an image of the ocean’s gyres in dozens of cafes and restaurants around Venezia, called attention to those very waters now dying from pollution.


Safe Planet Full Fathom Five Revue, CSD, New York

Safe Planet Full Fathom Five Revue

12 may, 2011, New York More than 300 people visited the Safe Planet Full Fathom Five Revue in Magnan Metz Gallery, Manhattan, NY, co-organized by Art Mill, 5Gyres and Safe Planet, on the occasion of the 19th Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development.


Body Burden Forum, CSD, New York

Body Burden Forum

12 may, 2011, New York On 12 May 2011, Safe Planet Campaign organized the Body Burden Forum, a side event of the 19th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-19), held at UN Headquarters in New York. The Forum featured a roundtable discussion on the global burden of human exposure to hazardous chemicals and how biomonitoring information can support the Millennium Development Goals and World Summit on Sustainable Development 2020 target to achieve sound management of chemicals and wastes.
The event was preceded by a biomonitoring test of Susan Pettersen, Ladies European Tour and Ladies Professional Golf Assocation (LPGA) Champion, who kindly offered to donate her blood to Safe Planet Campaign to help raise awareness of hazardous chemicals polluting human bodies and the environment. The complete audio file of the Body Burden Forum can be downloaded at: UN Multimedia


Challenging Chemistry: Safe Planet Arts & Educational Outreach

COP Stockholm

29 apr, 2011, Geneva Safe Planet Side Event at the 5th Conference of the Parties of the Stockholm Convention.

Agenda

I. Visual presentation of Safe Planet Campaign
II. Arts and Education outreach stations (in 3 corners of the Salle)
III. How to make the Safe Planet campaign grow like ‘wildfire’?
IV. Universidad tecnologica de Cancun scholarship contest POPs video

Participants

Barbara Benish, Director, Art Dialogue
Paulina Lopez Fletes, Youth representative,Technological University of Cancun
Aline Berthold, Austrian Environment Agency

Facilitator

Michael Stanley-Jones, Focal point, Safe Planet Campaign


International workshop on hazardous substances within the life cycle of electronic and electrical products

International workshop on hazardous substances within the life cycle of electronic and electrical products

29-30 mar 2011, Vienna

The workshop breathed life into the call for green production of e-products that could, at their end-of-life, support recycling and recovery operations and safe jobs for some of the world´s vulnerable communities currently engaged in the recovery of toxic scrap. It was held in response to resolution II/4 by the Second International Conference on Chemicals Management (May 2009) organized under the auspices of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management.


The Architecture of Plastic Pollution and Art and the Ocean

The Architecture of Plastic Pollution and Art and the Ocean

20 mar 2011, Honolulu (Hawai'i)

The Safe Planet Campaign participated in the 5th International Marine Debris Conference (5IMDC), 20–25 March 2011, in Honolulu, Hawai’i, in response to the emerging evidence that plastic marine debris transports persistent organic pollutants through the marine environment into the global food web. Art Dialogue, in cooperation with the Secretariats of the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions and 5 Gyres Institute, presented the exhibition The Architecture of Plastic Pollution at these venues:...


Filming of Body Burden part II

Body Burden film II

9-10 feb 2011, Oslo (Norway)

Filming of the results of Ed Begley Jr and Stine Hattestad Bratsberg´s body burden tests, at AKER, followed by a press briefing with Minister of Environment Erik Solheim, joined by Donald Cooper, Stine Hattestad and Prof. Bert van Bavel.


Safe Planet Film Festival

Safe Planet Film Festival

27-29 jan 2011, Male (Maldives)

Safe Planet Film Festival with the Ministry of Housing and Environment and High Commission of India, Maldives, organized by TERRE and attended by 2,000 youth.


Press event

Press event

10 dec 2010, Cape Town (South Africa)

Press event at the Two Oceans Aquarium, featuring ProSurfer and Safe Planet Supporter Mary Osborne, Plastikos creator Simon MAX Bannister and the crew of the Sea Dragon.


WHAT WILL BE

WHAT WILL BE

4-15 dec 2010, Cancun (Mexico)

WHAT WILL BE the visual and performing arts for a Safe Planet held at Universidad tecnologica de Cancun, at the UN Climate Change Conference, with a student talk on 6 december and reception on 9 december, featuring Donald Cooper and the Caribbean jazz group Mangeles. Over 2,000 visited the art exhibition highlighting the issue of climate change and persistent organic pollutants.


Organic banquet

Organic banquet

9 nov 2010, Bangkok (Thailand)

Organic banquet by master chef Preet held at the 22nd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.


Safe Planet Film Festival

Safe Planet Film Festival

15-16 sep 2010, Pune (India)

Safe Planet Film Festival held at the National Film Archive of India, organized by TERRE Policy Centre. The event is preceded by a student rally at the University.


Live press conference

Live press conference

26 aug 2010, Geneva and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

Safe Planet holds a live press conference from aboard in Sea Dragon in Rio harbor linked to the Palais des Nations, attended by the Brazilian Permanent Representative to the UN. David Ogden, Coordinator of the Stockholm Convention and the Captain and crew of the Sea Dragon and representatives of the Brazilian Government and San Paulo Regional Centre of the Stockholm Convention. The event is followed by the premier of the short film 5 Gyres and a concert by New York opera singer Jeanai La Vita and guitarist and composer Giacomo La Vita.


Submission

Submission

25 jul 2010, Houston (USA)

Safe Planet premiers the short film Body Burden and documentary Submission at Gallery M Squared, Historic Houston Heights Theatre, and holds a community forum on body burden, attended by 120 community members during a Texas thunderstorm.


Submission

Submission

30 jun 2010, Geneva (Switzerland)

Safe Planet premiers the short film Body Burden and documentary Submission at Palais des Nations, hosted by the UN Organization at Geneva Cultural Affairs Committee and attended by director Howard Baral, Prof. Bert van Bavel, Jan-Gustav Strandenaes and Katharina Kummer Peiry, who leads a dialogue with the panel and audience.


18th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development

Substantialis Corporis Mixti

13 may 2010, New York City (USA)
Czech Ambassador Martin Palouš hosts the Substantialis Corporis Mixti reception for artists and CSD delegates at Bohemia National Hall, attended by UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner and Donald Cooper with special guests artists Anila Agha, Floyd Newsum and Sharon Sprung.


Submission: In defense of the unborn

12 may 2010, New York City (USA)
Safe Planet and the Swedish Government stages the North American premier of Submission: In defense of the unborn, the 2010 documentary film by Stefan Jarl starring stage and screen actress Eva Rose about our chemical society, is held at Scandinavia House, New York.


Sustantialis Corporis Mixti

7 may 2010, New York City (USA)
Sustantialis Corporis Mixti (Substantial Form of the Blended Body) exhibition opens at Bohemia National Hall – Czech Center New York, artist-curator Mark Cervenka is joined by the Colombia painter Santiago Cardenas for a tour of the exhibition and delivers a curator´s talk at the evening reception.


Body burden in videogallery

6 may 2010, New York City (USA)
American actor and eco-activist Ed Begley Jr and Olympic gold medalist skier Stine Lise Hattestad Bratsberg are filmed having their chemical body burden tested at the UN Medical Services, and attend the second UN Body Burden Forum , joined by Prof. Ake Bergman, Jan-Gustav Strandenaes and Sharyl Patton.


Press conference of the Prague Zoo

Press conference of the Prague Zoo

24 mar 2010, Prague (Czech Republic)

Katharina Kummer Peiry visits Prague Zoological Garden to announce support for the We Help Gorillas mobile phone recycling project, meets Richard Silverback (Gorilla gorilla)


United Nations Body Burden Forum, UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum

United Nations Body Burden Forum, UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum

24 feb 2010, Denpasar, Bali (Indonesia)

Safe Planet Campaign is launched on the opening day of the Governing Council at the Forum attended by UN Under-Secretary General Ján Kubiš, UN Messenger of Peace Prof. Wangari Maathai, Czech Minister of Environment Jan Dusík, and Katharina Kummer Peiry and Donald Cooper (UNEP), and Peter Kenmore (FAO), the Executive Secretaries of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions. Nao Badu, Chairman, National Economic and Fiscal Commission of Papua-New Guinea, chaired the session.


Press conference on the eve of the Simultaneous extraordinary meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions

Press conference on the eve of the Simultaneous extraordinary meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions

21 feb 2010, Denpasar, Bali (Indonesia)

UN Under-Secertary General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner announces that the launch Safe Planet: the United Nations Campaign for Responsibility on Hazardous Chemicals and Wastes will take place at the United Nations Body Burden Forum on the closing day of the Simultaneous Conferences.


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