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

Another police raid shows lack of equipment and training

Police have been waiting for promised body cameras since 2013.

400 types of Slovak seeds will be placed in the World Gene Bank at Spitsbergen Photo

Slovak Agriculture Ministry works is storing the seeds on the Svalbard archipelago.

World Gene Bank in Spitsbergen, Norway

Problematic highway stretch, Turany-Hubová, will go via Korbeľka tunnel

This variant is more environmentally friendly compared with the surface variant originally planned.

Landslide during construction of the highway near Šútovo in 2013.

Talent is not always enough - sport is an expensive hobby

Promising young athletes often do not have the chance to bring their talent to the next level due to lack of funds.