At 7 minutes past noon GMT today, at the New7Wonders headquarters in Zurich, the Matterhorn was revealed as one of the 28 Official Finalist Candidates in the global election of the Official New7Wonders of Nature. The announcement was made by Prof. Dr. Federico Mayor, President of the New7Wonders Panel of Experts, and Bernard Weber, Founder and President of New7Wonders. Bernard Weber said ”Congratulations to the supporters of the Matterhorn from around the world for their passionate, inspiring work in bringing it up from over 440 participants into this elite finalist group of just 28. This is an extraordinary achievement and the eyes of the planet will be upon the Matterhorn and Switzerland for the next 2 years. We look forward to an exciting, record-breaking final race, with the whole world coming together to choose the Official New7Wonders of Nature, 7 locations that will become part of Global Memory for ever.”
In addition to Panel President Prof. Dr. Federico Mayor, the members of the N7W Panel of Experts are: Dr. John Francis (U.S.; environmentalist, social activist, author and UN Goodwill Ambassador to the World’s Grassroots Communities), Simon King (Kenya/UK; documentary filmmaker), Ana Paula Tavares (Brazil/U.S.; senior vice president and vice president of development, the Rainforest Alliance), Bernard Weber (Canada/Switzerland; global voting campaign expert, photographer, filmmaker and author), Prof. Jan Zima (Czech Republic; biodiversity scientist) and Rex Weyler (Canada; environmental journalist, activist and founder of Greenpeace).
For the full details of the announcement and the New7Wonders Panel of Experts, as well as to vote in the final stage that will choose the Official New7Wonders of Nature, please visit the website: www.new7wonders.com.