UNEP – Announcement on the 2022 Champions of the Earth Awards

Announcement on the 2022 Champions of the Earth Awards 

Nairobi, 18 November 2022 – The Champions of the Earth awards, the UN’s highest environmental honour, will be announced on the 22 November 2022 by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).  

The 2022 awards honour activists for their implementation of innovative ways to support nature’s extraordinary capacities to regenerate:  

  • a conservationist from India 
  • an economist from the United Kingdom 
  • a biologist from Peru 
  • an NGO from Lebanon 
  • a women’s rights and environmental activist from Cameroon 

Names and details of the winners will be made public on Tuesday, 22 November 2022, at 08:30 am East Africa Time (EAT).  

To receive an advance copy of the press release, b-roll selections and photographs prior to the public announcement and under strict embargo until Tuesday, 22 November 2022, 08:30 am EAT / 6:30am CET / 5:30am GMT, contact: Keisha Rukikaire, Head of News & Media and Moses Osani, Communications Officer, UNEP 


The Champions of the Earth is the United Nations’ highest environmental honour. The award celebrates individuals and groups whose actions have a transformative impact on the environment. By recognizing the successes that are being achieved on the environmental frontlines, the award seeks to inspire hope and action for a more sustainable future. The Champions of the Earth are environmental trail blazers and affirm that humanity has the ingenuity and the ambition to protect and restore our environment.  

The winners of the 2022 Champions of the Earth will be announced later this year. This year the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) received a record 2,200 nominations from around the world. The nominations reflected the excellent work being done by everyone from grassroots campaigners to national leaders. Following the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030), the 2022 cycle shines a spotlight on efforts to prevent, halt and reverse ecosystem degradation across the world.  

The Champions of the Earth are part of a legacy of people whose effective action led to the environmental victories that have transformed our societies for the better. UNEP coordinates and hosts the Champions of the Earth award. UNEP’s reputation as the global, non-partisan authority on environmental issues is built from 50 years of ground-breaking scientific research that informs global environmental policy.