UN Environment Young Champions of the Earth Prize 2023 for young environmental leaders.

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Application Deadline: 14 April 2023

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a call for nominations for its annual Champions of the Earth award – the UN’s highest environmental honour – to recognize outstanding leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector for their transformative impact on the environment.

This year, UNEP seeks nomination of individuals, organisations and governments developing and implementing innovative and sustainable solutions and policies to eliminate plastic pollution.  

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. 


Every year, individuals, groups and organisations who have made outstanding contributions to the protection and restoration of the environment are recognized in four categories:

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?

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the UN Environment Young Champions of the Earth Prize 2023

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