For Excellence in Preparedness, Prevention & Response to Environmental Emergencies.
The biennial Green Star Awards is a collaborative initiative between the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and Green Cross International. The purpose of the GSA event is to recognize outstanding individuals or organisations that have made remarkable efforts to prevent, prepare for, and respond to environmental emergencies – as well as to integrate environment with humanitarian action across the world.
The GSAs highlight work done to address the negative human and social consequences of the environmental impacts of natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods, technological accidents such as chemical spills and complex emergencies such as conflicts.
The idea for the Award was conceived in June 2007 during the 7th Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies (AGEE) meeting in Rosersberg, Sweden, where meeting participants recommended the establishment of a special recognition scheme. As a result, OCHA, UN Environment and Green Cross International were requested to develop a suitable award.
The first awards ceremony took place on 6-8 May 2009 in Brussels, Belgium and the second on 18 May 2011 in Switzerland. The third edition was presented on 2 September 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland, as part of Green Cross International’s 20th anniversary celebrations. The fourth awards ceremony took place on 1 June 2015 in Oslo, Norway. The fifth edition took place on 26 September 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya.