2014

Ban Ki-moon: Change starts with Champions
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulates this year's winners and outlines his admiration for their achievements...and how everyone can learn from their examples.
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Achim Steiner: Why Champions matter
UNEP Executive Director relates how Champions of the Earth have been an inspiration to those who care deeply about the environment for more than a decade.
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The 2014 Champions of the Earth Award Ceremony

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Champions of the Earth Promotional Video

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Ten years of Champions of the Earth

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Champion of the Earth HE Tommy Remengesau Jr - Acceptance Speech
The President of Palau becomes a Champion of the Earth for his pioneering green economy policies.Watch video »


Champion of the Earth HE Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono - Acceptance Speech
Former President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono wins for Policy Leadership for becoming the first president from a major developing country to voluntarily pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
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Champion of the Earth US Green Building Council - Acceptance Speech
Rick Fedrizzi accepts the Award for Entrepreneurial Vision on behalf of US Green Building Council, which has changed the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated.
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Champion of the Earth Sir Robert Watson - Acceptance Speech
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Champion of the Earth Mario Molina - Acceptance Speech
Mario Molina, Nobel Laureate and Renowned Ozone Scientist wins the Lifetime Achievement Award for spearheading one of the most significant climate-related global agreements ever made.
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Champion of the Earth Fatima Jibrell - Acceptance Speech
Fatima Jibrell, Founder of Adeso (formerly Horn Relief) wins Inspiration and Action Award for building environmental and social resilience amidst war and devastation.
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Champion of the Earth Sylvia Earle - Acceptance Speech
Sylvia Earle, Ocean Explorer and Conservationist, wins Lifetime Achievement Award for developing global “hope spots” to safeguard the living systems underpinning global processes that maintain biodiversity.
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Champion of the Earth Boyan Slat - Acceptance Speech
Boyan Slat, Founder of The Ocean Clean-up Initiative, wins Award for Inspiration and Action for his quest for a solution to the worsening and global problem of plastic debris in our oceans.
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Achim Steiner: Ten years of Champions of the Earth

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President of Palau becomes Champion of the Earth for his pioneering green economy policies

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HE Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, former President of Indonesia, named Champion of the Earth

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Ozone scientist Mario Molina honoured by UN for lifetime of achievement

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Somali activist wins Champions award for Inspiration and Action

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Dutch ocean crusader Boyan Slat awarded top global environmental prize for Inspiration and Action

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Sir Robert Watson named Champion of biodiversity preservation and combating ozone depletion

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US Green Building Council wins Champion award for Entrepreneurial Vision

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Oceanographer Sylvia Earle awarded Lifetime Achievement honor as a Champion of the Earth

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Champions of the Earth Press Conference: Fatima Jibrell

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Champion of the Earth 2011 Angélique Kidjo congratulates the 2014 Champions of the Earth Laureates

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Champion of the Earth 2013 Jack Dangermond congratulates the 2014 Champions of the Earth Laureates

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2013

UNEP Champions of the Earth 2013
Award Ceremony


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UNEP Champions of the Earth 2013
Press Conference


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UNEP Champions of the Earth 2013
Policy Leadership
[co-winner]

Janez Potocnik
Slovenia

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UNEP Champions of the Earth 2013
Policy Leadership [co-winner]

Izabella Teixeira
Brazil

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UNEP Champions of the Earth 2013
Science & Innovation

Veerabhadran Ramanathan
USA/India

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UNEP Champions of the Earth 2013
Entrepreneurial Vision [co-winner]

Brian McClendon
Google Earth
USA

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UNEP Champions of the Earth 2013
Entrepreneurial Vision [co-winner]

Jack Dangermond
Environmental Systems Research Institute
USA

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UNEP Champions of the Earth 2013
Inspiration & Action [co-winner]

Carlo Petrini
Founder of Slow Food
Italy

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UNEP Champions of the Earth 2013
Inspiration & Action [co-winner]

Martha Isabel Ruiz Corzo
Community-Based Conservation Advocate
Mexico

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2012

UNEP Champions of the Earth 2012
Award Ceremony
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President Tsakhia Elbegdorj
Mongolia
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Dr. Sander van der Leeuw
Netherlands/United States

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Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber
CEO and MD, Masdar
UAE
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Mr. Fábio C. Barbosa
CEO, Abril S.A.
Brazil

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Dr. Bertrand Piccard,
Scientist-Explorer and Founder, Solar Impulse Program
Switzerland
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Samson Parashina
Kenya
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2011

President Calderon accepts UNEP's Award
Mexican president, Felipe Calderon, accepts UNEP's Champions of the Earth Award in a speech at the American National Museum, New York.
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Champions of the Earth award ceremony
Watch highlights of the 2011 the Champions of the Earth award ceremony. This years winners are President Felipe Calderon (Mexico) for Policy Leadership; Dr. Olga Speranskaya (Russia) for Science & Innovation; Mr. Zhang Yue (China) for Entrepreneurial Vision; and Mr. Louis Palmer (Switzerland) and Ms. Angélique Kidjo (Benin) for Inspiration & Action.
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Angélique Kidjo accepts UNEP's Award
Angélique Kidjo accepts UNEP's Champions of the Earth Award in a speech at the American National Museum, New York.
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Louis Palmer accepts UNEP's Award
Louis Palmer accepts UNEP's Champions of the Earth Award in a speech at the American National Museum, New York.
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Dr. Olga Speranskaya accepts UNEP's Award
Dr. Olga Speranskaya accepts UNEP's Champions of the Earth Award in a speech at the American National Museum, New York.
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Zhang Yue accepts UNEP's Award
Zhang Yue accepts UNEP's Champions of the Earth Award in a speech at the American National Museum, New York.
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Young Kee Kim, Executive Vice President of LG Electronics
Young Kee Kim at UNEP's Champions of the Earth Award at the American National Museum, New York.
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