Kobayashi Noriaki

We have received entries from children all over the world for the 17th International Environ-mental Children's Drawing Contest. This year, we had a total of 17,179 entries from record 94 countries. It is a great pleasure as the host to have such a wonderful outcome. Thank you very much to those who participated in the contest.

This year, we asked the participants the question, "The blue Earth, for whom?" To answer this question, many entries included illustrations of not just humans but all sorts of living things such as animals and insects. There were also some drawings depicting babies in mothers' wombs. Yes, the Earth is not just for all living creatures existing right now but also for chil-dren that will be born in the future.

This collection of works compiles pieces of art that we found particularly extraordinary. We have selected drawings not only based on the illustration skills, but also by taking into consid-eration the creativity, portrayal of the country's local characteristics and environment as well as hope and other messages included in the piece. All these wonderful pieces are hard for us adults to imitate.

We hope that many people will actually view these drawings and sense the children's mes-sages and vision for the global environment the children express through them. We also hope that this collection as well as exhibitions to be held at various locations will give many people the opportunity to raise their awareness for the "importance of the global environment."

Last but not least, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the people at UNICEF and JICA Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers who extended their support as well as all the teachers around the world who have offered guidance to their students.



Kobayashi Noriaki
President
Japan Quality Assurance Organization
 

 


Michael Drechsel

IQNet is once more honoured to sponsor and contribute to the International Environmental Children's Drawing Contest, on its 17th Edition and organized by our Partner the Japan Quality Assurance Organization (JQA) and with the relevant support of UNICEF, through its office in Tokyo.

This year contest, subjected to: "The blue Earth, for whom?", inspired thousands of children from around the world to produce extraordinary works of art, all different within the common theme, expressing their individual view, perception, culture and feelings. This diversity is what brings us together every year. This diversity is what enforces us to commit, support and promote this impressive initiative.

And it is quite a challenge to handle more than 17,000 thousand drawings, coming from 94 countries from all Continents. We thank each and every one of them. The significant effort from JQA is also to be noticed: it isn't easy to manage the selection process, including handling and organizing all these drawings. However, it was clearly noticed that JQA Staff already reached a comprehensive level of professionalism and efficiency, making the entire process look easy.

Also UNICEF contribution is fundamental and representative, allowing access to the contest from children from remote and differentiated geographical areas. IQNet Partners contribution is also noticed, including thousands of drawings from countries such as Venezuela, France, Portugal or Switzerland.

We are looking confidently into the future understanding that today's children denote a stunningly adequate and mature focus on the issues affecting the environment. The drawings reflect their specific comprehension of their ambience; they clearly show concerns but they are also full of optimism. They denote a clear willingness to look for the most sustainable approach to our blue sphere, and to all living things on it.

Of course, IQNet will proudly support this development at its best also in the future.



Michael Drechsel
President
The International Certification Network (IQNet)