UN identifies local sustainable development solutions

Feb 1, 2014

A United Nations-led partnership that “shines a spotlight” on local sustainable development innovations launched its global call for nominations for the Equator Prize 2014. The applications are accepted in Turkish as well.

New Horizons - The Awards look for identifying leading community-based initiatives from across the developing world that advance environmental conservation while fighting poverty. 

Nominations are open from 146 countries through March 22, 2014.

The applications for the prize can be made in Turkish. Please click here in order to reach the Turkish application form.

Sustainable development projects are rewarded

“We are looking for local environment and development solutions that are having a big impact,” said Helen Clark, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). “Communities across the planet are coming up with inspiring solutions to environment, climate, and poverty challenges, and we want to bring their efforts to the world’s attention.”  

Past recipients of the Equator Prize over the last 12 years have come from more than 60 different countries and included community protected areas, agriculture and farming cooperatives, wildlife protection initiatives, local water committees, community-managed forests, locally-managed marine areas and seed banks. 

The Equator Prize has been supported by former heads of state Gro Harlem Brundtland (Norway) and Oscar Arias (Costa Rica), philanthropists Ted Turner and Richard Branson, a host of Nobel laureates, and celebrities like Gisele Bündchen and Edward Norton.

The theme of this year: Local climate action

Equator Prize is unique for recognizing collective action rather than individual achievement.

The Equator Prize 2014 will be awarded to twenty-five community-based organizations from across the world, each of whom will receive a cash prize, with five selected for ‘special recognition’.  

The theme of this cycle of the Equator Prize is local climate action.

Winning communities will be supported to participate in a community meeting during the UN General Assembly and Climate Summit in New York in September 2014. 

The Equator Initiative is a partnership that brings together the UN, governments, civil society, businesses, and grassroots organizations to advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.