|Biliso Osake's prize-winning cartoon|
Sunday, March 11, 2012
United Nations congratulates PNG winner of climate change contest
The United Nations (UN) in Papua New Guinea (PNG) would like to congratulate Biliso Osake from Goroka, who has won first prize in the Pacific Category of the Asia-Pacific Cartoon Contest.
Osake has won US$1,000 and his cartoon will be portrayed on international websites as well as international exhibitions and events related to Human Development and Climate Change.
The theme of the contest was Climate Change in Asia-Pacific, A People’s Perspective and Osake’s cartoon was selected as the winner by an international panel of experts.
“Biliso’s cartoon is creative, funny, and an excellent portrayal of the impact climate change is beginning to have on thousands of people in the Pacific.
“This is a lived reality for many people in the region, and Biliso’s cartoon gets to the heart of the issue.
“We are extremely proud that a Papua New Guinean has won and is representing the Pacific on such an issue,” remarked UN resident coordinator, David McLachlan-Karr.
Osake has previously worked with the UN in PNG on cartoons promoting human rights to the general PNG public.
The objective of contest (www.cartooncontestasiapacific.com) was to support advocacy that brings people to the centre of climate change and human development debates.
The contest encouraged people from Asia-Pacific developing countries to portray issues of concern related to climate change in the region from a people’s perspective.
Climate change presents a major development challenge to sustainable livelihoods as it threatens to undermine international, national, and community efforts to combat poverty, and exacerbates already existing inequalities between and within countries.
The contest was co-organised by the UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre and the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs.