Manila, Philippines – To mark its 10th Anniversary, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants launched the Global Art Contest for children and youth with the theme “Stockholm at 10: Chemical Challenges, Sustainable Solutions.” One hundred and sixty submissions, mainly drawings and paintings, were received from 18 countries.
The exhibition of artworks of 34 winnings entries is on display in the Passerelle of the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. The exhibition opening coincided with the opening of Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 20, 2012, and will run until July 11, 2012.
The contest was open to three art media categories – drawing, photography, and short videos – divided into three groups: a)5-10 years old; b)11-15 years old; and c) 16-20 years old. Two entries from the Philippines gained recognition in the Global Art Contest for children and youth. Jamille Bianca Aguilar, 16, won the silver prize in the 16-to-20-year old youth category, while Maria Angelica Ramos Tejada, 6, received a special mention award in the 5-to-10-year old children category.
The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from chemicals that remain intact in the environment for long periods, become widely distributed geographically, accumulate in the fatty tissues of humans and wildlife, and have adverse effects on human health or on the environment. Exposure to Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) can lead to serious health effects, including certain birth defects, dysfunctional immune and reproductive systems, and even diminished intelligence.
We congratulate the Stockholm Convention, headed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Environment Programme Achim Steiner, Executive Secretary Donald Cooper on the occasion of its Global Art Contest; and the Global Art Contest Filipino winners Jamille Bianca Aguilar and Maria Angelica Ramos Tejada. The Manila Bulletin, led by its Chairman of the Board Dr. Emilio T. Yap, President and Publisher Atty. Hermogenes P. Pobre, Executive Vice President Dr. Emilio C. Yap III, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Cris J. Icban Jr., Business Editor Loreto D. Cabañes, and Officers, wish them all the best and success in all their endeavors. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!
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