The 1998 Childrens Painting Competition was part of UNEPs
public awareness campaign to assist the countries that committed
themselves to phase out ozone depleting substances under the Montreal
Protocol. The competition was open to children and young people
from developing countries aged 5 to 16 years old. In May 1998, the
OzonAction Programme requested each National Ozone Unit to organize
a National Painting Competition and to choose one national winner
whose work would then qualify for final selection in Paris. Most
of the National Painting Competitions were held as part of the activities
to celebrate International Ozone Day. The 53 selected paintings
have since been reproduced on posters, calendars, publications,
etc. to promote action worldwide.
The childrens paintings in this photo gallery send a simple
but powerful message: children from around the globe are joining
hands to help protect the ozone layer. The children who have made
these paintings show through their talent, ingenuity and imagination
that they are ready to make a real contribution to solving the problem
of ozone layer depletion.
The first five winners received an all-expenses-paid trip to Egypt
to attend the 10th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol
from 1725 November 1998, where the paintings were displayed
and the awarding took place. The event was organized jointly by
the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) and by UNEP.
A limited number of selected paintings were exhibited at the Millennium
International Children Conference in Eastbourne, United Kingdom
on 2224 May 2000.
The 53 paintings were exhibited at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris,
France, from 616 September 2001 to celebrate International
Ozone Day. The booklet 'Healing the Ozone Layer with Small Brushes'
was launched on this occasion to showcase the paintings in schools,
Other awareness raising materials culled from the 53 selected paintings
include postcards and bookmarks (seen below), used to promote action
worldwide. The illustrations chosen for the postcards are from the
four First Prize Winners: Niger, Iran, Egypt and Indonesia. The
postcards and bookmarks are available for distribution by contacting
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