Nobel Prize for Sustainable Development
An initiative, led by Dutch Member of Parliament Boris Van Der Ham, British Member of the European Parliament Chris Davies, former youth-representative for the United Nations Ingrid Aaldijk and US-Congress member James Greenwood, will appeal to the Nobel Foundation for a new category - the Nobel Prize for Sustainable Development.
In March 2003, they plan to send a letter, which is available on the Internet for all to sign, to the Nobel Foundation, in Stockholm, Sweden. The letter congratulates the Nobel Foundation for their valuable work and their ability to adapt to changing times. It goes saying: "...the main idea behind the prizes always remained the same: awarding people who, through their work, improved the lives of mankind.
In our view one of the most important conditions to guarantee the quality of life is sustainable development meaning: a better quality of life for everyone, now and for generations to come. According to a widely accepted approach this means:
social progress which recognizes the needs of everyone;
protection of the environment;
prudent use of natural resources;
maintenance of high and stable levels of economic growth and employment. Environmental deterioration is not only a threat to the quality of life today but even more so to that of generations to come. Climate changes, desertification, lack of clean water and loss of biodiversity already threaten our world..."
The Nobel Prizes for physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace were first awarded to distinguished individuals in 1901 in memory of Swedish chemist and engineer Alfred Nobel. In 1968, the category of economics was added.
View and sign the letter at: http://www.sustainable-prize.net/sign.html
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