Kobayashi Noriaki

We have received entries from children all over the world for the 18th International Environmental Children's Drawing Contest. This year, we had a total of 17,763 entries from a record highest 96 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, the theme was "We are sharing our beautiful Earth". The works submitted in response to this theme depicted not only living things such as people and animals, but also various aspects outside the natural environment the children thought were important to their lives. Every drawing seemed to portray something precious that we adults have lost sight of, drawn in a child's innocent perspective.

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 consideration 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 messages 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
 

 


Alexandru Stoichitoiu

It was a great pleasure and honor to join the Japan Quality Assurance Organization (JQA), UNICEF and the rest of the select members of the jury in choosing this year's winners of the International Environmental Children's Drawing Contest. As a first time participant and given the large number of wonderful drawings the task of selecting the winners has proved more challenging than I thought possible.

It was a great surprise to see how well these children were able to offer through their drawings a small reflection of their culture and their life. From the colors, the themes and the subjects of the drawings I could get a glimpse in their imagination and in their part of the world. The excellent organization offered by JQA and the guidance given by the Chairman of the Judging Committee prof. Kinutani Koji made possible for me to complete this difficult selection in due time.

In the end we had to select just a few winners, but I think the drawings we have chosen when exposed around the world, will take a clear message further regarding the importance of the environment. Sometimes the innocence of a simple children drawing can send a stronger message than any of us can convey by other means.

Educating and creating awareness on environmental aspects in younger generations is more important now than ever. I would like to commend the efforts made by Mr. Kobayashi Noriaki president of JQA and Mr. Kimura Yasumasa director of UNICEF Tokyo in supporting this initiative and I am hoping that together with IQNet we will organize this contest for many years to come.



Alexandru Stoichitoiu
President
The International Certification Network