Champions of Earth Award

  • It is UN’s highest environmental recognition celebrating exceptional figures from public and private sectors and from civil society, whose actions have had transformative positive impact on the environment.
  • It was established in 2005 by United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment).
  • This award programme is successor to UNEP’s Global 500 Roll of Honour.
  • The award is presented in five categories
    • Lifetime Achievement,
    • Policy Leadership,
    • Entrepreneurial Vision,
    • Action and Inspiration and
    • Science & Innovation.
  • Why in news?
    • No Indian has received this award in 2020.
    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred with United Nation’s Champions of the Earth Award 2018. PM Modi is third Indian to receive this award after Tulsi Tanti, Chairman of the Suzlon Group, and Afroz Alam, a lawyer who led clean-up at Mumbai’s Versova beach.
    • Cochin International Airport also received Champions of Earth Award 2018 for ‘Entrepreneurial Vision’ and for its leadership in the use of sustainable energy. It is world’s first fully solar-powered airport.

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