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List of Champions of Earth Award Winners

Sep 28, 2018 18:08 IST
    List of Champions of Earth Award Winners

    The Champions of the Earth Awards is established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) to recognizing visionary people and organisations all over the world that exemplify leadership and advocate action on sustainable development, climate change and a life of dignity for all.  It is the highest environmental honour of UN Environment which given annually to recognize outstanding environmental leaders from the public and private sectors, and from civil society.

    List of Champions of Earth Award Winners

    Name of Awardees

    Categories for recognition


    Narendra Modi, India

    Policy Leadership

    Emmanuel Macron

    Policy Leadership

    Beyond Meat -

    Science and Innovation

    Impossible Foods

    Science and Innovation

    Cochin International Airport

    Entrepreneurial Vision

    Zhejiang’s Green Rural Revival Programme

    Inspiration and Action

    Joan Carling

    Lifetime Achievement Award


    Michelle Bachelet

    Policy Leadership

    Paul A. Newman & NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

    Science and Innovation


    Entrepreneurial Vision

    Jeff Orlowski

    Inspiration and Action

    Saihanba Afforestation Community

    Inspiration and Action

    Christopher I'Anson

    General Champion

    Wang Wenbiao

    Lifetime Achievement Award


    Afroz Shah

    Inspiration and Action

    Berta Cáceres

    Inspiration and Action

    José Sarukhán Kermez

    Lifetime Achievement

    Leyla Acaroglu

    Science and Innovation

    The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN)

    Entrepreneurial Vision

    Paul Kagame

    Policy Leadership


    Prime minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh

    Policy Leadership

    Black Mamba APU

    Inspiration & Action

    The National Geographic Society

    Science & Innovation

    Natura Brasil

    Entrepreneurial Vision

    Paul Polman

    Entrepreneurial Vision


    Boyan Slat

    Inspiration and Action

    Fatima Jibrell, Somalia

    Environmental conservation

    Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

    Policy Leadership

    Tommy Remengesau, Jr.

    Policy Leadership

    Mario José Molina-Pasquel Henríquez

    Lifetime Leadership

    Robert Watson (scientist)

    Science and Innovation

    Sylvia Earle

    Lifetime Leadership

    U.S. Green Building Council

    Entrepreneurial Vision


    Janez Potočnik

    Policy Leadership

    Brian McClendon

    Entrepreneurial Vision

    Carlo Petrini

    Inspiration and Action

    Izabella Teixeira

    Policy Leadership

    Jack Dangermond

    Entrepreneurial Vision

    Martha Isabel Ruiz Corzo

    Inspiration and Action

    Veerabhadran Ramanathan

    Science and Innovation


    President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, Mongolia -

    Policy Leadership category

    Fabio Coletti Barbosa, Brazil (CEO of Grupo Abril) and Dr Sultan Ahmed al Jaber, United Arab Emirates (CEO of Masdar)

    Entrepreneurial Vision category

    Bertrand Piccard, Switzerland

    Inspiration and Action category

    Sander Van der Leeuw, Netherlands

    Science and Innovation category

    Samson Parashina, Kenya

    Special Category for Grassroots Initiatives


    President Felipe Calderón, Mexico

    Policy Leadership Category

    Dr. Olga Speranskaya, Russia

    Science & Innovation Category

    Zhang Yue, Broad Group, China

    Entrepreneurial Vision Category

    Louis Palmer, Switzerland

    Inspiration & Action Category co-winner

    Angélique Kidjo, Benin

    Inspiration & Action Category co-winner


    President Mohamed Nasheed, Maldives

    Policy Leadership Category

    Taro Takahashi, Japan

    Science & Innovation Category

    Vinod Khosla, India

    Entrepreneurial Vision Category

    Prince Mostapha Zaher, Afghanistan

    Inspiration & Action Category [co-winner]

    Zhou Xun, China

    Inspiration & Action Category co-winner

    President Bharrat Jagdeo, Guyana

    For Biodiversity Conservation & Ecosystem Management


    Erik Solheim, Norway

    Policy Leadership Category (co-winner)

    Kevin Conrad and the Coalition for Rainforest Nations, Papua New Guinea

    Policy Leadership Category (co-winner)

    Janine Benyus, United States

    Science & Innovation Category

    Ron Gonen, United States

    Entrepreneurial Vision Category

    Tulsi Tanti, India

    Entrepreneurial Vision Category

    Yann Arthus-Bertrand, France

    Inspiration & Action Category


    Balgis Osman-Elasha, Sudan from Africa

    For her work on climate change and adaptation in northern and eastern Africa.

    Atiq Rahman, Bangladesh from Asia and the Pacific

    For his national and international experience in sustainable development, and environment and resource management. He is one of the leading specialists in the field.

    Albert II, Prince of Monaco, Monaco from Europe

    For his commitment to sustainable development in Monaco. Under his leadership, Monaco is now applying an exemplary policy on CO2 reduction in every sphere of society as well as in the business sector.

    Liz Thompson, Barbados from Latin America and the Caribbean

    For her outstanding work at the national and international levels. She is one of the recognized leaders on environmental issues of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

    Timothy E. Wirth, United States from North America

    For his work as the head of the UN Foundation and Better World Fund, he established the environment as a priority and mobilized resources to address it.

    Abdul-Qader Ba-Jammal, Yemen from West Asia

    For his environmental policies as Minister and then as Prime Minister in Yemen. He established its Ministry of Water and Environment and the Environment Protection Authority.

    Helen Clark, New Zealand

    For her environmental strategies and her three initiatives - the emissions trading scheme, the energy strategy and the energy efficiency and conservation strategy.


    Cherif Rahmani, Algeria from Africa

    For advancing environmental law in Algeria and for addressing the issue of desertification.

    Elisea "Bebet" Gillera Gozun, Philippines from Asia and the Pacific

    For pushing forward the environmental agenda in her native Philippines by winning the trust of business leaders, non-governmental organizations and political decision-makers alike.

    Viveka Bohn, Sweden from Europe:

    For playing a prominent role in multilateral negotiations and her leadership in global efforts to ensure chemical safety.

    Marina Silva, Brazil from Latin America and the Caribbean

    For her tireless fight to protect the Amazon rainforest while taking into account the perspectives of people who use the resources in their daily lives

    Al Gore, United States from North America

    For making environmental protection a pillar of his public service and for educating the world on the dangers posed by rising greenhouse gas emissions

    His Royal Highness Prince Hassan Bin Talal, Jordan from West Asia

    For his belief in transboundary collaboration to protect the environment and for addressing environmental issues in a holistic manner.

    Jacques Rogge and the International Olympic Committee (IOC)

    For advancing the sport and environment agenda by providing greater resources to sustainable development and for introducing stringent environmental requirements for cities bidding to host Olympic Games

    It was started in 2005 and award recognised six of the world’s most outstanding environmental change makers for their combination of bold, innovative, and tireless efforts to tackle some of the most urgent environmental issues.

    The past awardees: Rosa Elena Simeon Negrin, Cuba (2006); Women's Environment & Development Organization (2006); Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher, Ethiopia (2006); Masoumeh Ebtekar, Iran (2006); Mohamed El-Ashry, Egypt (2006); Tommy Koh Thong Bee, Singapore (2006); Mikhail Gorbachev, Russia (2006); Stephanie George, New Zealand (2006); King Jigme Singye Wangchuck and the people of Bhutan, Bhutan (2005); Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, United Arab Emirates (2005); Thabo Mbeki, South Africa (2005); Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Native Greek (2005); Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Canada (2005); Julia Carabias Lillo, Mexico (2005); Zhou Qiang and the All-China Youth Federation, China (2005).

    Indian Recipients of Ramon Magsaysay Award

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