On 19 November, the United Nations’ most prestigious award on the environment – the Champions of the Earth – will celebrate a decade of recognizing the outstanding contributions of policy makers, innovators and advocates to our greatest planetary cause.
To be co-hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Smithsonian, the 2014 Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner will be held at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum and will recognize the achievements of a new batch of laureates across the categories of Policy Leadership, Science & Innovation, Entrepreneurial Vision and Inspiration & Action. To especially mark its 10th Anniversary, a special category of Lifetime Leadership will also be awarded to honor a select few whose lifetime work and commitment to conservation has made a vital and lasting impact on the well-being of humanity and our natural environment.
The event will be led by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and UN Under Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner, and will feature UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Gisele Bundchen and chief executives of around 20 UN agencies.
Strengthening the ability of individuals communities and nations to adapt to climate change, move towards low-carbon societies, improve understanding of climate science, and raising public awareness about the earth's changing climate.
In September 2011, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon shared his vision for making sustainable energy for all a reality by 2030. He launched Sustainable Energy for All as a global initiative that would mobilize action from all sectors of society in support of three interlinked objectives: ensuring universal access to modern energy services; doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. WE HAVE THE POWER efficient, renewable, affordable - UNEP - Magnum Photos Exhibition shows how we can make a difference, enlightening lives, enriching economies and promoting environmental well-being.
The UNEP Regional Seas Programme - the world's only legal framework for protecting the oceans and seas at the regional level - celebrates its landmark 40th anniversary in 2014. As the world transitions to an inclusive green economy and looks towards the post-2015 development agenda, countries will continue to rely on the Regional Seas Programme "shared seas" approach to help restore the health, productivity and resilience of oceans and marine ecosystems, and to maintain their biodiversity.
In support of the UN designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), World Environment Day this year will adopt SIDS in the broader context of climate change as its theme.