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Somali female activist wins Champions of Earth Award

07 November 2014, 12:27 Adams Langat

Nairobi - Africa's leading environmental activist and founder of ADESO (formerly known as Horn Relief) is set to become the first Somali national to win a Champions of Earth award.

Fatuma Jibrell will on Friday receive the award for her outstanding contribution and service to the planet through her efforts of building peace, advocating for better environmental practices and protection of livelihoods of Somali pastoralists.

Champions of Earth is the United Nations' flagship environmental award which was launched in 2005 and seeks to recognize outstanding visionaries and leaders in the fields of policy, science, entrepreneurship and civil society action.

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The Inspiration and Action award has been won in previous years by Brian McClendon of Google Earth and Carlo Petrini, the founder of Slow Food.

Fatuma Jibrell will be unveiled at Hilton Hotel in Nairobi while the full Awards Ceremony will take place at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. on November 19, hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme.

Among the key leaders expected in the ceremony include; Ibrahim Thiaw, the UNEP Deputy Executive Director and Paolo Toselli of European Union.

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