United Nations Environment Programme

Awards and prizes

Champions of the Earth is the United Nations highest environmental honour. The award celebrates outstanding figures from the public and private sectors and from civil society whose actions have had a transformative, positive impact on the environment.

Young Champions of the Earth is a forward-looking prize designed to breathe life into the ambitions of brilliant young environmentalists. Each year, six winners – one from each of UN Environment’s global regions – receive $15,000 in seed funding as well as intensive training and tailored mentoring.

UN Environment is a founding partner of the SEED Awards, which support innovative, small-scale and locally driven entrepreneurs around the globe who integrate social and environmental benefits into their business models.

For more than 20 years, the UN Environment Sasakawa Prize recognized outstanding individuals and organizations for their contributions to the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development.