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13-Year-Old Artist from Philippines Wins UNEP International Children's Painting Competition
A love of walking in forests in her home country of the Philippines inspired the winning entry of 13-year-old Trisha Co Reyes in the 2011 International Children's Painting Competition on the Environment. Trisha beat over 600,000 other young people to win first place in the competition, which is organised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Trisha's entry shows a young girl pulling back a large grey curtain covered in images of dying trees in a polluted landscape, to reveal a colorful forest filled with abundant wildlife. She says the painting is an appeal for people to appreciate the value of forests and to encourage them to plant trees.

The second-placed painting is by 14-year-old Erina Hashimoto from Japan. Her entry shows a human eye watching a mini-forest, where ants, ladybirds and other insects crawl over leaves and branches.

This year's other regional winners are Monica Adhiambo Arego (Kenya), Marylène Schröder (Germany), Lara Garcia (Argentina), Alya Mus Beh (UAE) and Prerika Chawla (USA).

The award ceremony for the international painting competition is just one of several events taking place at the TUNZA International Children and Youth Conference in Bandung.

Under the theme 'Reshaping our Future through a Green Economy and Sustainable Lifestyles', the conference will explore the role of young people in sustainable development and provide youth input to the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012.

One of the main outcomes of the conference will be a "Bandung Declaration", which will provide a global youth statement on sustainable development in the run-up to Rio+20.

The TUNZA conference will also review the contribution of youth to the International Year of Forests and explore how young people can encourage their peers to adopt more environmentally-friendly lifestyles.

To view a photo gallery of the winning entries in the 2011 International Children's Painting Competition on the Environment, please visit:
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