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  • 03 November, 2023

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Champions of the Earth Award 2023

In 2023, UNEP’s Champions of the Earth seeks innovations, solutions, actions and initiatives working to ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.

  • It is the UN’s highest environmental honour which is awarded annually.
  • Awarded by - United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Launch – 2005
  • Recognition – To leaders from government, civil society and private sector for their transformation impact on the environment
  • Categories - It is celebrated under 4 categories.
  • It has recognised 116 laureates (27 world leaders, 70 individuals, and 9 organisations).
  • 2023 Award - It focuses on initiatives addressing plastic pollution.



2023 Award


Policy Leadership

For global or national action for the environment

Josefina Belmonte Belmonte (Philippines)

For using local authorities in solving global environmental problems

Inspiration and action

For taking steps to inspire positive change to protect our world

Ellen MacArthur Foundation (UK)

For driving global shift towards lifecycle approach for plastics

José Manuel Moller (Chile)

For reusing plastic to enable economic, social and environmental benefits

Entrepreneurial vision

For challenging status quo to build a cleaner future

Blue Circle (China’s largest marine plastic waste programme

For using blockchain technology for future environmental action

Science and innovation

For pushing boundaries of technology for profound environmental benefit

Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (South Africa)

For science based, data driven solutions to tackle plastic pollution

By 2040, carbon emissions associated with plastics could account for nearly one-fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions.


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