AFRICA– Starting Monday, February 11, organizations, cities, industries, universities, governments, and others taking bold leadership on climate change can nominate their work for a UN Global Climate Action Award.
The award, the focus of the United Nations Climate Change’s Momentum for Change initiative, recognizes the most innovative projects in the field of climate action.
Winning activities encompass scalable and replicable examples of what people are doing to address climate change, in the hope of inspiring others to act. The selected activities will be recognized and celebrated at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 25) in Chile.
Past recipients of the award have maximized their impact and scaled up globally.
Past winners have included Google, Microsoft, and the Government of British Columbia, Canada.
“With the adoption of the Katowice Climate Package, we have entered a new era in our collective efforts to address climate change; one demanding increased climate action at all levels,” said Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change.
“The UN Global Climate Action Award is an opportunity to recognize leaders who are not only taking such action but providing an inspiring example for other governments, businesses, cities, and communities to follow. I, therefore, encourage those currently leading projects—from large corporations to small cooperatives—to apply.”
The 2019 award will recognize climate action that is already achieving real results in four categories:
Planetary Health: recognizing novel solutions that balance the need for both human health and a healthy planet.
Climate Neutral Now: recognizing efforts by individuals, companies, and governments that are achieving real results in transitioning to climate neutrality.
Women for Results: recognizing the critical leadership and participation of women in addressing climate change.
Financing for Climate Friendly Investment: recognizing successful financial innovations for adaptation and climate mitigation.
The award Advisory Panel, made up of senior experts from various fields and countries, will select the 2019 winners. The panel is part of the secretariat’s Momentum for Change initiative, which is implemented with the support of The Rockefeller Foundation and operates in partnership with Climate Neutral Now, donors supporting the implementation of the UNFCCC Gender Action Plan, and the World Economic Forum.