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About the Blue Planet Prize


History

Environmental conservation is one of the most pressing of the global issues humankind faces. Global warming, acid rain, ozone depletion, tropical rainforest destruction, and river and ocean pollution are just some of the results of human activities that are having adverse affects on the Earth.
In 1992, the year of the Earth Summit, the Asahi Glass Foundation established the Blue Planet Prize, an award presented to individuals or organizations worldwide in recognition of major contributions to solving global environmental problems. The Prize is offered in the hopes of encouraging efforts to bring about the healing of the Earth’s fragile environment.
The award’s name was inspired by the remark "the Earth was blue," uttered by the first human in space, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, upon viewing our planet. The Blue Planet Prize was so named in the hopes that our blue planet will be a shared asset capable of sustaining human life far into the future.

Outline

Nominations are solicited between August and October of each year from nominators from Japan and overseas. As a general rule, two recipients are chosen annually. In June of the following year, the recipients are announced and are invited to Tokyo in the autumn for the awards ceremony and commemorative lectures. Each recipient is presented with a certificate of merit, a commemorative trophy and a supplementary award of ¥50 million.

Trophy TROPHY

In commemoration of the awarding of the Blue Planet Prize, a trophy was created by a respected Japanese glass craftsman, Kyoichiro Kawakami. The theme of this trophy is the earth’s water and atmosphere.
Through its use of crystal glass and simple lines, the trophy evokes an image of a clean planet where humanity lives harmoniously.

Awards Ceremony



【Introductory remarks】 
Mr. Kazuhiko Ishimura, Chairman of the Asahi Glass Foundation


【Introduction of award winners】

Dr. Yoshihiro Hayashi, Chairman of the Blue Planet Prize Selection Committee

  
【Presentation of awards】  
Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta FBA FRS

  
【Presentation of awards】  
Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs

 
【Felicitation】  
His Imperial Highness Prince Akishino


【Congratulatory remarks】  
・Mr. Shinzo Abe, The Prime Minister of Japan (Read by Mr. Ikuro Sugawara, Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry for P.M. Abe)
・His Excellency Mr. Tim Hitchens, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom (Read by Mr. Jonathan Joo-Thomson, Head of Climate Change and Energy, British Embassy Tokyo for Ambassador Tim Hitchens)
・Her Excellency Ms. Caroline Kennedy, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America

 
【Acceptance speeches】 
Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta FBA FRS

 
【Acceptance speeches】
 
Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs

 

Congratulatory Party


Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino, Winners and their spouses, Chairman Ishimura



【Toast】 
Dr. Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, Chairman of the Blue Planet Prize Presentation Committee

 

 

Commemorative Lectures



【Introductory remarks】 
Mr. Kazuhiko Ishimura, Chairman of the Asahi Glass Foundation

 
【Lecture】  Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta FBA FRS 
"Sustainable Development and the Wealth of Nations" 
For the video of the lecture, click here

 
【Lecture】  Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs 
"MEETING THE CHALLENGE OF THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS" 
For the video of the lecture, click here

 
【Panel discassion】


Mr. Takejiro Sueyoshi; Special Advisor to The UNEP Finance Initiative
Dr. Ayumi Onuma, Professor of Economics; Keio University
Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta FBA FRS
Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs