Applications are open for the fully funded UN Global Climate Action Awards (COP 26) in Glasgow, Scotland, in November – the most important climate conference since the Paris Agreement was adopted in 2015. This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the award program and its efforts to demonstrate that climate action is underway around the world.
The annual award program, run by United Nations Climate Change since 2011, recognizes the world’s most innovative, scalable, and replicable examples of action to tackle climate change. This year’s awards will showcase people and projects taking bold and effective climate action in the areas of climate neutrality, innovative climate finance, and climate leadership.
A special new award category called ‘Climate Leaders’ has been added for 2021. It will recognize transformational and replicable government action and ambition at any level (national, regional, city, town, etc.), helping to strengthen the case for the increased climate action and ambition that is urgently needed to ensure the world can limit the increase in global average temperature rise this century to 1.5 degrees Celsius and to build resilience to climate change.
The UN Global Climate Action Awards shine a light on activities which aim to help achieve the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement. The Awards have for example recognized transformational initiatives such as the Government of Quebec’s climate finance program, Google’s Project Sunroof, and Microsoft’s internal carbon fee. Other past winners also include the world’s greenest football club, the first all-women solar team in Lebanon, a Swedish restaurant chain that is creating the world’s first ‘climate positive’ menu, and one of Africa’s first national environment and climate change investment funds.
The 2021 UN Global Climate Action Awards will recognize climate action that is already achieving real and tangible results in three categories:
If your project is selected as a winning activity*, you will receive a wide range of benefits:
Organizations, communities, cities, businesses, universities, governments and others that are taking concrete action on climate change can apply to have their projects recognized by the UN Climate Change secretariat as a 2021 winning activity.