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Congratulates the winner of the Sophie Prize

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Published under: Stoltenberg's 2nd Government

Publisher Ministry of the Environment

Minister of Environment Helen Bjørnøy congratulates the Argentinean environment and human rights advocate Romina Picolotti with the Sophie Prize 2006. The Sophie Foundation announced the award om 29 March, in recognition of her efforts to link problems of environmental destruction to the fight for basic human rights.

Press release

Dato: 2006.29.03

Minister of Environment Helen Bjørnøy:

Congratulates the winner of the Sophie Prize 2006

Minister of Environment Helen Bjørnøy congratulates the Argentinean environment and human rights advocate Romina Picolotti with the Sophie Prize 2006. The Sophie Foundation announced the award om 29 March, in recognition of her efforts to link problems of environmental destruction to the fight for basic human rights.

The Prize winner uses the law and human rights to protect indigenous peoples and other vulnerable groups that are victims of environmental degradation. The jury has attached great importance to the way in which she has demontrated that the exploitation of nature can also harm people and their environment, says Bjørnøy.

Romina Picolotti is the founder and leader of CEDHA, The Center for Human Rights and Environment i Argentina. The center promotes human rights in an environmental perspective and offers legal assistance on human- and environmental rights.

Helen Bjørnøy vil formally present the prize to Romina Picolotti at an award ceremony in Oslo on 15 june. The Sophie Prize is awarded annually to indivivuals that do groundbreaking work for environment and development. The Prize was established by the author Jostein Gaarder and Siri Dannevig in 1997.

Read Minister Bjørnøy's letter of congratualtions