Turkey's first lady received the Global Action Award from the UN Development Project (UNDP) on Thursday for the country's zero waste project that she led, APA reports citing Anadolu.
At a ceremony in the capital Ankara, UNDP Turkey Resident Representative Claudio Tomasi presented the award -- given for the first time -- to Emine Erdogan for the project's "considerable contribution" towards responsible production and consumption, one of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
Aiming to reduce the volume of non-recyclable waste, the project is listed in the Environmental Performance Review of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
In her speech, First Lady Erdogan thanked the UNDP and warned that scientific research signaled that a dark future could be in store, noting particularly the climate crisis.
Quoting scientists, she said that the current generation would be the last that could change the course of the environment. "It is this opportunity that we must embrace. We have to work harder to leave a better planet for the future," she said.
"All natural resources are the common heritage of both the present and future generations of humanity," Erdogan underlined.
The award presented to the first lady was prepared by glassblower Hande Erbuk using recyclable glass and metal materials to represent the world's fragile balance.