Ministry for foreign affairs, Finland

Dear Sir/Madam,

we have learned that Mr. Mika Vanhanen is a candidate in the Champions of the Earth competition under the thematic area Inspiration and Action.

Over the years, we have been following with great interest and enthusiasm the inspirational work and action by Mika Vanhanen for the establishment and functioning of the ENO network school, in fact since some ten years. A great number of Finnish and international citizens and students have joined him in his initiative for sustainable development. As a result, thousands of schools in about 120 countries now belong to the ENO network and contribute to it.

On behalf of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, we should like to strongly support Mika Vanhanen's candidature for this Champion of the Earth Award.

Markku Aho
International Environment Policy
Department for Development Policy
Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland