Nominations for the 2020 edition of the UNEP’s Champions of the Earth award is now Open. The Award which was established in 2005 is the United Nation highest environmental honour.
Objectives of the UNEP’s Champions of the Earth award
- To recognize the contribution of outstanding leaders from government, civil society and the private sector whose actions have had a positive impact on the environment
- The award celebrates visionaries in four categories: Policy leadership; Inspiration and action; Entrepreneurial vision, and Science and innovation.
“At a time when humanity continues to wreak havoc on our environment, we celebrate those individuals, communities, businesses and governments who go the extra mile to protect the earth.” – Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
The nomination process
- Every year, Champions are selected from hundreds of nominees globally, submitted during a public nominating process.
- Once submitted, a team of UN Environment Programme (UNEP) staff research and prepare detailed profiles of each candidate, their achievements and qualifications.
- The profiles are reviewed by a broader group of UNEP experts before submission to a jury who select the laureates.
Nomination Timeline/Selection Process
- The 2020 nomination opens on 20 January 2020.
- January 2020 – Submissions open. The criteria for selection are:
- March 2020 – Deadline for submissions. All nominations must be received by 20 March 2020, accompanied by appropriate supporting materials.
- March 2020 – UN Environment Programme review. Winners are shortlisted and a team of UN Environment Programme staff reviews the list of nominees and prepares a shortlist to be submitted before a global jury.
- May 2020 – Award laureates are chosen. A global jury comprised of high-profile individuals from different United Nations agencies and international organizations reviews the shortlist of nominations and selects their winning choice in each award category. Their decision is final.
- October 2020 – Laureates are announced. Winners are disclosed publicly during a gala ceremony recognizing their achievement. The awards will be presented to this year’s laureates at a ceremony later this year.
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