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United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Champions of the Earth Award

Last updated: Mar 21, 2023

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Target: All Nationalities,

Award Value: Not Stated,

Host Institution: United Nations


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United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Champions of the Earth AwardThe UNEP Champions of the Earth Award seeks nominations of individuals, organisations and governments developing and implementing innovative and sustainable solutions and policies to eliminate plastic pollution. Nominations are open until mid-April.

Program Details

UNEP is the leading global voice on the environment. It provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. The Champions of the Earth award – the United Nations‘ highest environmental honour – to recognize outstanding leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector for their transformative impact on the environment.

Following a historic UN Environment Assembly resolution on plastic pollution, it is critical to ensuring the world comes together to end the scourge. This year’s World Environment Day, hosted by Cote d’Ivoire, will also focus on efforts to #BeatPlasticPollution.

The challenge of the triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature loss and pollution and waste is not insurmountable. The Champions of the Earth is a reminder that environmental sustainability is key to achieving sustainable development.

Check Also: Environmental Fellowship at Harvard University

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for UNEP Champions of the Earth Award, the following conditions are required:

  • Nominations is open to everyone
  • Individuals, government entities, groups and organisations may be nominated under the categories of Policy Leadership, Inspiration and Action, Entrepreneurial Vision, Science and Innovation.
  • Selection criteria includes impact of the nominee’s previous actions, novelty achieved by the nominee and the compelling and inspiring power of his/her story.

See Also: Africa Earth Observation Challenge

Application Procedure

The candidates are to be nominated via the official website for the program. The Champions of the Earth will be announced later in the year.

Submission Deadline: Nominations are open until April 14.

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