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Young Champions of the Earth

Date: 22/Apr/2017 to 18/Jun/2017
Location: http://www.unep.org/youngchampions/

by Eco Generation | 18-05-2017 13:32 Comments 30 Comments



What is Young Champions of the Earth?

Each year, six young people – one from each global region – will be named Young Champions of the Earth. These winners receive seed funding, intensive training, and tailored mentorship to help them bring their big environmental ideas to life.

Will you be one of our 2017 winners? Read on for more details on Young Champions, as well as what we’re looking for and how to apply. And be sure to check out our collection of resources that can help you put together a rock solid application. Or do you still need some inspiration? Look no further.

If you win, you will be expected to implement your big idea and keep us updated on your progress by producing videos and blogs that we will share on the Young Champions website.

The Prize

What do the Young Champions receive?

Six Young Champions of the Earth are selected every year, one from each global region (Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, and West Asia). Each winner receives the following: 

  • US$15,000 in seed funding
  • Attendance at the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, December 2017, and the United Nations General Assembly in New York, September 2018 (all expenses paid)
  • An introduction to over 100 environment ministers at the Champions of the Earth Gala Dinner
  • Publicity and recognition through online and global media
  • Access to high-profile mentors and customized training in communications, project planning, financial management, etc.
  • Participation in an intensive, one-week entrepreneurship course in Europe in the first quarter of 2018 (all expenses paid).

The Young Champions will be required to contribute one blog post and one video per month between December 2017 and September 2018, so that the public can follow their implementation journeys on the Young Champions website.


More than just a prize-giving scheme, Young Champions of the Earth aims to nurture the next generation of environmental leaders. Through our networks and partnerships, we connect Young Champions with business leaders, scientific innovators, national-level policymakers, and United Nations experts, among many other communities.

In making these connections, we help young people with extraordinary potential put their big ideas into action. We also increase their potential to do amazing things throughout their lives.

Our corporate partner, Covestro, is a key source of both mentorship and hands-on project assistance. The company’s 16,000 global staff members stand ready to support the 30 Young Champions finalists on topics ranging from project planning to budgeting to the innovation process itself.

Additionally, six Young Champions winners will receive intensive, tailored training designed to help them kickstart their environmental ambitions. This will involve a week-long entrepreneurship “bootcamp” in Europe in the first quarter of 2018. The week will include an insiders’ tour of Covestro’s innovation labs and visits to other hotspots of European innovation.

Winners will be introduced to high-level policymakers and UN experts at the Champions of the Earth Gala Dinner in Nairobi in December 2017. The winners’ visit to Nairobi will include meetings with noteworthy environmental changemakers and tours of groundbreaking environmental startups. We will also connect Young Champions winners with high-profile mentors who are eager to support them in their journeys.

Contest Rules

Eligibility & Limitations

To be eligible to apply for the 2017 Young Champions of the Earth Competition (hereafter referred to as “the Competition”), you must be between the ages of 18 and 30 on 15 November 2017. That is, your birthdate must fall between 1 January 1987 and 15 November 1999 (inclusive).

Only one entry is allowed per person.

Employees of Covestro, a major Competition sponsor, any other Competition sponsors, and the United Nations Environment Programme (hereinafter “UN Environment”) and the immediate family members of such employees are not eligible to participate in the Competition, either as applicants or as sponsors. The term “immediate family” of such employees includes spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandparents and grandchildren, whether as “in-laws” or by current or past marriage(s), remarriage(s), adoption, co-habitation or other family extension, and any other persons residing at the same household as such employees, whether or not they are related to them.


In participating in the Competition, each participant waives any and all claims of liability against UN Environment, its employees and agents, the Competition’s sponsors and their respective employees and agents, for any personal injury or loss that may occur from the conduct of, or their participation in, the Competition, or from the use of any prize monies or participation in any related trips or activities. Participants who are selected as prize winners must sign an official waiver form provided by UN Environment before their names will be announced as such.

Use of Personal Information 

By participating in the Competition, all participants and winners who are allowed to do so by law agree to grant UN Environment permission to use their names, photographs, voices, videotape and related materials in connection with the promotion of the Competition and to waive any claims to royalties, rights or remuneration associated with any such use. 


Each winner is solely responsible for reporting any prize money he/she receives to his/her tax authorities and for paying any and all applicable taxes and/or other expenses related to the Competition.

Intellectual Property

By participating in the Competition, each applicant confirms that the ideas presented in his/her application are wholly his/her own.

In applying for the Competition, each applicant agrees that, if he/she is selected as a finalist, he/she will make public on the Young Champions website a written description of his/her project, as well as a short video explaining the project components.

UN Environment, Covestro and any other sponsors of the Competition will not seek to derive any commercial or economic benefit from the ideas or inventions included in any of the Competition applications, whether such ideas or inventions have been presented by winners or by non-winners.


The odds of winning the Competition depend upon the number of participants. Each winner must submit proof of eligibility to participate in the Competition and sign UN Environment’s release form to claim any prize associated with the Competition. UN Environment may substitute prizes, amend the Competition rules or discontinue the Competition at any time. UN Environment disclaims any responsibility to notify participants of any aspect related to the conduct of the Competition.

Applicable Rules

The conduct of the Competition is governed by the applicable regulations and rules of the United Nations and UN Environment, including those regarding the privileges and immunities of the United Nations, which UN Environment enjoys. 

What we’re looking for

What makes a Young Champion of the Earth?

Our environment is under stress and the evidence is everywhere. It’s in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. It’s in our soils, rivers, oceans, and atmosphere. Some call it the defining challenge of our time.

The question is: What are you doing about it? Now more than ever, those of us who care for the natural world must stand up and be counted. Whether you’re an activist, educator, innovator or artist, we need you to challenge the status quo and fight for the health of our planet and its people.

If you have a powerful idea to protect or restore the environment if you have a strong track record of instigating change if you are unafraid of failure and if you believe in a bright future for our planet, then you just might have what it takes to become a Young Champion of the Earth.

Selection criteria

In the first stage of the selection process, all applications will be judged by Regional Juries according to the following criteria:

  1. The 3 Ps – The positive impact your big idea could have on the environment (planet) and society (people), and its financial viability (prosperity).
  2. Demonstrated commitment – Bonus points may be awarded if you have already attempted to implement your big idea and can report on any trial runs, prototypes, or preliminary research results.
  3. The 3 Cs – Evidence that you are a curious, courageous, and colourful individual.
  4. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – The potential contribution of your big idea to the attainment of the environment-related UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  5. Sponsor – The strength of your sponsor’s recommendation. 


Madhu Aryal

  • Madhu Aryal says :
    great opportunity .Thank you so much for sharing.
    Posted 15-10-2019 10:28

Meena Pandey

  • Meena Pandey says :
    Great opportunity.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Posted 03-09-2019 13:06

  • ALOK DHAKAL says :
    Wow! Nice Opportunity.

    Posted 01-09-2019 15:48

Muekara Monday

Fayaz Muhammad

  • Fayaz Muhammad says :
    Great gathering fro youth about environment related issue's..
    Posted 02-08-2019 14:29

Nada Muhammad


  • SANDIP PAUDEL says :
    It must be opened again. Any update
    Posted 13-07-2019 21:35

Eco Generation

  • Eco Generation says :
    @Balyejusa, yes! Please visit UNEP Regional Event page.

    Posted 08-02-2019 10:17

Balyejusa John Hillary

Justice Obiri

  • Justice Obiri says :
    Missed it as well @Priya
    Posted 24-01-2019 17:47

Muskan Priya

  • Asmita Bhattarai says :
    thank you for sharing this information
    Posted 02-08-2018 14:58

Sandhya Adhikari

  • Chaei Lim says :
    wow this is great ! :O
    Posted 03-06-2018 22:27


  • Yves SHEMA says :
    This was Wonderful to know it
    Posted 26-05-2018 04:56

  • says :
    Wow, great initiaion for enthusiastic youth. Hope this will get continuity in future.
    Posted 02-05-2018 01:21

  • says :
    Encouraging initiative. Looking forward to more of this sort!
    Posted 08-02-2018 20:51

  • says :
    Great opportunity, hope its not a once-off event!! Thumbs up!!!!
    Posted 08-02-2018 18:39

  • says :
    I hope this type of opportunity will keep coming because this is already outdated. It would be a great platform specially to agricultural aspirants like us to unwrap our inner potential and materialize in the field related to agriculture and related sciences.
    Posted 07-02-2018 02:29

Lalit bc

  • Lalit bc says :
    good initiation :)
    Posted 26-01-2018 18:57

  • Kshitiz Kandel says :
    is it a kind of first ever, event /

    Posted 25-01-2018 18:54

  • says :
    Good initiative
    Posted 21-11-2017 17:48

Aldrin Aujero

  • Aldrin Aujero says :
    Nice! Have there been any previous winners of this 'competition' though?
    Posted 19-08-2017 23:17

Dibya Bhatta

  • says :
    lets young people get involves in these opportunities

    Posted 09-08-2017 19:35

  • says :
    Posted 06-08-2017 22:12

  • says :
    This is a great initiative.
    Posted 01-08-2017 01:25

  • says :
    I'll give a try. Awesome!
    Posted 05-06-2017 12:48

  • says :
    What is the deadline please
    Posted 01-06-2017 17:48

Ida Ayu Mas Amelia Kusumaningtyas

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