The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has issued a call for nominations for its annual Champions of the Earth award, the UN’s highest environmental honor, to recognize outstanding leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector who have had a transformative impact on the environment.
This year, UNEP is seeking nominations for individuals, organizations, and governments that are creating and implementing innovative and sustainable plastic pollution solutions and policies.
The challenge of the triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature loss and pollution and waste is not insurmountable. People around the world are stepping forward every day to innovate and implement ways to support nature’s extraordinary capacity for renewal. The Champions of the Earth help lead that push. They remind us that environmental sustainability is key to achieving sustainable development.
The Champions of the Earth award honours individuals, groups, and organisations whose actions have a transformative impact on the environment. This year, UNEP seeks nominations of individuals, organisations, and governments working on sustainable solutions to eliminate plastic pollution.
UN Environment Young Champions Categories
Every year, individuals, groups and organisations who have made outstanding contributions to the protection and restoration of the environment are recognized in four categories:
UN Environment Young Champions Selection process
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Champions are selected from nominations received from across the world and are open to everyone.
A team of UNEP staff and subject experts review and consider each nomination.
The criteria for selection are:
- Impact – Have the nominee’s actions resulted in profound environmental gains or demonstrated significant potential for replication and scaling?
- Novelty – Has the nominee done or achieved something new and innovative?
- Power of the story – How compelling and inspiring is the nominee’s story?
Application Deadline: 14 April 2023
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