Lee honored by UN for ‘greenness’

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Lee honored by UN for ‘greenness’

President Lee Myung-bak received an environmental award from a U.N. organization yesterday for his green leadership, highlighted by his push for "low-carbon, green growth" and the restoration of the Cheonggyecheon, a stream running through the center of Seoul.

Lee was awarded the prize at the Blue House from Ahmed Djoghlaf, executive secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity under the UN Environment Program.

The CBD Award is given to those who make great contributions to protecting global biodiversity. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper were among its earlier recipients.

The organization said Lee is behind Korea's emerging role in global efforts for biodiversity conservation and sustainable growth.

"President Lee demonstrated his strong global leadership toward achieving low-carbon, green growth by securing national commitments on green investment,” it said in a press release.

It also noted Lee's decision to restore the Cheonggyecheon, which it said helped turn Seoul into a more environmentally friendly place while Lee served as mayor of the capital from 2002 till 2006.

The Blue House said the president's winning of the award shows that Korea's efforts for biodiversity and contributions to the related global campaign have been recognized by the international community.

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