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U.N. award for Ashbindu Singh

New Delhi, India, 4 January 2007 – Ashbindu Singh, Regional Coordinator, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was given the UN 21 award for his contribution to improving the organisation’s efficiency, at the U.N. Headquarters last month.

His best-seller on environment, ‘One Planet Many People: Atlas of our Changing Environment’, received unprecedented media coverage and led to a pioneering partnership with the Internet search engine Google Inc as the contents of the book were integrated into Google Earth as a featured content, providing access to millions around the world.

The 2006 awards were given to 13 projects, and seven projects received UN 21 commendations. The UN 21 Awards were established in 1996 as part of the reform effort by the Secretary-General to provide recognition to the staff for innovation, efficiency and excellence.