Champions of the Earth

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The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) established Champions of the Earth in 2005 as an annual awards programme to recognize outstanding environmental leaders from the public and private sectors, and from civil society. Typically, five to seven laureates are selected annually. Each laureate is invited to an award ceremony to receive a trophy, give an acceptance speech and take part in a press conference. No financial awards are conferred.[1][2] This awards programme is a successor to UNEP's Global 500 Roll of Honour.[2]

In 2017, the program was expanded to include Young Champions of the Earth – a forward-looking prize for talented innovators, 18 to 30, who demonstrate outstanding potential to create positive environmental impact. The initiative is run in partnership with Covestro.[3]

Awardees: Champions of the Earth[edit]











Special Award



Special Prize
  • Helen Clark, New Zealand - For her environmental strategies and her three initiatives - the emissions trading scheme, the energy strategy and the energy efficiency and conservation strategy.


Special Prize



Awardees: Young Champions of the Earth[edit]


  • Omer Badokhon, Yemen.[3]
  • Adam Dixon, Europe.[3]
  • Kaya Dorey, North America.[3]
  • Eritai Kateibwi, Earth for Asia & the Pacific[3]
  • Mariama Mamane, Africa.[3]
  • Liliana Jaramillo Pazmiño, Latin America & the Caribbean.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "First-Ever UNEP 'Champions of the Earth' Presented to Seven Environmental Leaders". UNEP. 19 April 2005. Archived from the original on 14 September 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b Töpfer, Klaus (October 2004). "UNEP Launches new Award - Chamions of the Earth: Letter from UNEP Executive Director to Laureates" (PDF). Global 500 Forum - Newsletter of the UNEP Global 500 Laureates. UNEP. p. 3. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Environment, U. N. "Young Champions of the Earth - UN Environment Program". Young Champions of the Earth - UN Environment Program.
  4. ^ "Costa Rica". Retrieved 2019-09-20.
  5. ^ "Champion of the earth -2018-Policy Leadership". Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  6. ^ Blumberg, Sara (2017-12-06). "UN Award Bestowed upon Earth Scientist Paul Newman, Goddard". NASA. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  7. ^ "Paul Polman |". Retrieved 2015-10-26.

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