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UN Young Champions of the Earth 2020 (USD15,000 prize)

UN Young Champions of the Earth 2020 (USD15,000 prize)

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United Nations Environment calls an application for Young Champions of the Earth 2020

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.


The program seeks for the next Young Champions of the Earth to tackle the world’s environmental challenges. It is an opportunity to become a Young Champion of the Earth. Young Champions of the Earth is a forward-looking prize designed to breathe life into the ambitions of brilliant young environmentalists. In addition to that, Young Champions of the Earth aims to celebrate and support individuals who have outstanding potential to create a positive environmental impact. Winners will also receive the funding to support their communication efforts throughout the year so that they can produce high-quality materials to share with our audiences.


In 2020, the program will select seven Young Champions of the Earth from each global region: Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, West Asia and two from Asia and the Pacific. Each winner will receive:

  • US$15,000 in seed funding.
  • US$9,000 to communicate and capture your idea and document and broadcast the stories of hope and change that you’re catalyzing on the ground.
  • Attendance at a high-level UN meeting.
  • An introduction to dignitaries at the Champions of the Earth award ceremony.
  • Publicity and recognition through interviews and online and global media.
  • Access to a community of experts offering insights and mentoring.
  • Participation in an entrepreneurial training program.


  • The Young Champions for the Earth program is open to individuals from Africa; Asia and the Pacific; Europe; Latin America and the Caribbean; North America; and West Asia.
  • Applicants should be between the ages of 18 and 30 as well as should have outstanding potential to create a positive environmental impact.
  • Furthermore, each applicant must have at least 6 months of prior experience working on their environmental project.

Selection Criteria

The organizer will shortlist and then select candidates  from each region for following an open call for applications. A Global Jury will then choose seven winners. Each winner is expected to implement their big idea. They will keep UNEP updates on their progress by producing videos and blogs.

Click this link to apply.


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline10 April,2020
Open toAll
OrganizerUnited Nations Environment



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