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Apr 21, 2009

Syeda Rizwana Hasan wins prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize

by PhilLee — last modified Apr 21, 2009 10:55 AM

Congratulations to Syeda Rizwana Hasan, chief executive of Friends of the Earth Bangladesh/BELA, who has been awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize 2009 for the Asia region, recognising her public interest work in the conservation of the environment.

Rizwana Hasan goldman prizeAs Bangladesh's leading environmental attorney, Rizwana's legal advocacy for tighter regulations for the country's environmentally devastating ship-breaking industry in particular, makes her one of six winners of the world's largest prize for environmentalists this year.

Rizwana, who is also a member of the Friends of the Earth International Executive Committee, collected the award last night (April 20) at a ceremony in San Francisco and will be honoured on  Earth Day (April 22) at a smaller ceremony in Washington D.C.

The Goldman Environmental Prize was established in 1989 by San Francisco civic leader and philanthropist Richard N. Goldman and his late wife, Rhoda H. Goldman. It has been awarded to 133 people from 75 countries.

Prize winners are selected by an international jury from confidential nominations submitted by a worldwide network of environmental organizations and individuals.


Photo: Rizwana Hasan in San Francisco / credit: Goldman Environmental Prize