The Champions of the Earth Award is the United Nations highest environmental honour that recognizes outstanding visionaries and leaders in the fields of policy, science, entrepreneurship, and civil society action.

The Award, which is organised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), seeks to distinguish men and women whose actions and leadership have made a positive impact on the environment.

2015 is the time for global action to adopt a new sustainable development agenda and to reach a global agreement on climate change. The Award seeks to build on these two critical agenda by highlighting people and organisations all over the world that exemplify leadership and advocate action on sustainable development and climate change.

The Award on the whole will seek to exemplify how through a concerted effort among all stakeholders we can realize this vision of a life of dignity for all.
Past winners include Sylvia Earle, Mario Molina, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Tommy Remengesau, Jr., Felipe Calderon, Tsakhia Elbergdoj, Al Gore, Mikhail Gorbachev, Marina Silva, and many other such exemplary leaders.

What makes a Champion of the Earth?

In solidarity with the United Nations 2015: Time for Global Action for People and Planet campaign, and as this year’s Award Ceremony will take place at the UN Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, this year’s Award will focus on:

  • Policy Leadership - Visionary policy leaders who have demonstrated and inspired global political will in promoting initiatives and policies that advance inclusive and sustainable growth.
  • Science & Innovation - Members of the scientific community who have advanced the science-policy interface and continue to offer the best available scientific evidence of risks and opportunities to inform decision-making.
  • Entrepreneurial Vision - Forward-looking companies and business leaders who have transformed their business models for sustainable development, and have been leading the way towards green and sustainable investment.
  • Inspiration & Action - Grassroots advocates and doers that empower underserved communities and show how inclusivity can be achieved alongside sustainable prosperity.