Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Activist Čaputová received in White House

Zuzana Čaputová met with US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.

Zuzana Čaputová(Source: archive of www.goldmanprize.org)

Slovak activist and lawyer Zuzana Čaputová, who was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in San Francisco on April 18, was received in the White House two days later, the TASR newswire learnt on April 21.

Čaputová received the prestigious international award for her long-term fight against the landfill in town of Pezinok with the Via Iuris organisation, as well as for her ongoing legal work in the field of environmental protection.

Read also: Read also:Slovak Goldman prize winner continues her fight

She met with US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, who is also responsible for environmental protection, and with three of US President Barack Obama's advisors.

At the White House, Čaputová spoke about the importance of non-governmental organisations which focus on advocacy not only in Slovakia but across central Europe.

“NGOs’ position in the US is different and far stronger than in Slovakia,” Čaputová said, as quoted by TASR. “Their importance rises in times of crisis, whether it be an economic or a migration crisis. They play a cardinal role in advocating for human rights protection in individual cases, such as the Pezinok landfill was.”

Also known as the environmental Nobel, the Goldman Prize has been awarded since 1990. Its laureates are nominated by renowned international environmental organisations and experts for a significant contribution in the field of environmental protection. They are selected by an international jury.

Top stories

Námestie Slobody gets facelift Photo

The architectural tender will gather ideas for the redesign of the biggest square in Bratislava

Námestie Slobody will be redesigned into a kind of living room in the city.

When the state can’t keep a secret

A selective leak has tarnished President Kiska’s reputation. But he must continue to speak out about corruption.

President Andrej Kiska

Fundamental values explored at Divadelná Nitra 2017

This time round, the Slovak, European and US ensembles at the theatre festival focus on #fundamentals, i.e. basic values and the essence of all things.

Nature Theatre of Oklahoma: Pursuit of Happiness

Foreign rocket engines for North Korea: Why?

For Russia, the path to a weakened China could be through a major nuclear accident in North Korea.