2023 UN Environment Young Champions of the Earth Award for Young Environmental Leaders

Deadline: April 14, 2023.

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) today 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.  


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


Individuals, government entities, groups and organisations may be nominated under the categories of Policy LeadershipInspiration and ActionEntrepreneurial Vision, and Science and Innovation.


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?


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