At the International Conference on the Environment, held by the United Nations Environment in Stockholm from 5 to 16 June 1972, the first attention was drawn to the need for conservation of the natural habitat to improve the way of life of all. With the will of Emperor Aria Mehr, one of the pioneers in combating environmental pollution and far-sighted in preventing global warming, the annual environmental award was adopted at this conference based on Resolution 3003 of the UN General Assembly.
Resolution 3003 – United Nations General Assembly – International Award for Outstanding Work in the Environment
- General Assembly
- Reminder of the 38th Settlement of the Human Habitat Work Program adopted by the United Nations Conference on Human Habitat
- Recall that the main purpose of the conference was to raise awareness among governments and the public about the importance and urgency of the environment.
- Recognize that effective international cooperation in the field of the environment must be based on performance at the national level.
- Welcomes the Iranian government’s innovation in the eighth field of ecology in one of the international organizations and the establishment of
- An annual award from the Government of Iran for the most outstanding work in the environment awarded by the United Nations to the winner of this award.
3003 – (XXVII). International Prize for the most outstanding contribution in the field of the environment
The General Assembly,
- Recalling recommendation 38 of the Action Plan for the Human Environment adopted by the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment,
- Recalling also that one main purpose of the Conference was to increase awareness among Governments and public opinion about the importance and urgency of the problems of the environment.
- Recognizing that effective international co-operation in the field of environment should be firmly based on action at the national level,
- Welcomes the initiative of the Government of Iran in setting aside an area constituting an ecosystem of global importance to be placed in joint trust with an international agency and in establishing an annual prize by that Government for the most oustanding contribution in the field of the environment to be awarded through the United Nations
- 2112th Plenary meeting
- 15 December 1972
In May 2537, Dr. Kurt Waldheim, Secretary-General of the United Nations, announced that the third Pahlavi International Environmental Award had been awarded to Professor Mohammed al-Kassas of Egypt and Dr. Thorhiral of Norway.
Pahlavi Prize Laureates
1978: Co-Winners: Mohammed El-Kassas and Thor Heyerdahl (deceased)
1977: Jacques-Yves Cousteau (deceased)
1976: Maurice F. Strong