United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Champions of the Earth Award 2022


Deadline: April 11, 2022

Nominations are open for the 2022 United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Champions of the Earth Award – the United Nations’ highest environmental honor – to recognize outstanding leaders in government, civil society and industry private for their transformative impact on the environment.

To highlight the importance of ecosystem restoration, the 2022 call particularly encourages the nomination of individuals and organizations that have helped prevent, halt and reverse ecosystem degradation around the world. Almost a year after the launch of the United Nations Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, there has never been a more urgent need to revive damaged ecosystems than now. The healthier our ecosystems, the healthier the planet and its people.

Since its inauguration in 2005, the award has highlighted leaders who have dedicated their lives to working for a healthier, fairer and more sustainable planet. A total of 106 honorees, ranging from heads of state and community activists to captains of industry and pioneering scientists, were honored as Champions of the Earth.


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

  • Policy Branch
  • inspiration and action
  • Entrepreneurial vision
  • science and innovation


  • Applications are open to everyone.
  • Individuals, government entities, groups and organizations can be nominated in the Political Leadership, Inspiration and Action, Entrepreneurial Vision and Science and Innovation categories.

Selection criteria

The selection criteria are:

  • Impact – Have the nominee’s actions resulted in profound environmental gains or demonstrated significant potential for replication and scaling?
  • New – Did the nominee do or achieve anything new and innovative?
  • Power of story – How compelling and inspiring is the nominee’s story?


The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Champions are selected from nominations received from around the world. A team of UNEP staff and subject matter experts review and review each entry, creating a shortlist of finalists.

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For more information, visit UNEP.


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