Equator Prize at UN Climate Summit highlights indigenous and local solutions

September 16, 2019

Lineup of Oona Chaplin, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Achim Steiner and music by Al-Sarah and the Nubatones will honor local nature-based solutions for climate change and sustainable development

New York, Sept 16- This year’s Equator Prize Award Ceremony will honour 22 outstanding indigenous and local groups from 16 countries, each showcasing innovative, nature-based solutions for tackling climate change, development, and poverty challenges. The event highlights concrete responses and practical solutions to the climate crisis by indigenous peoples and local communities all over the world.

The high-profile gala, associated with the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit, will feature award presentations, videos on winning initiatives, community statements and government commitments, as well as musical and cultural performances.

Countries featured in the ceremony include: Australia, Benin, Brazil (2 winners), Cameroon, Ecuador, Guinea-Bissau, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Federated States of Micronesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru (4 winners), Tanzania, Vanuatu, USA (3 winners from Hawaii and California). For a full list of winners please visit https://www.equatorinitiative.org/2019/06/02/ep-2019-meet-the-winners/

What: Equator Prize 2019 Award Ceremony

When: Tuesday, 24 September, 8.00-10.00 PM

Where: The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036


•     Oona Chaplin, Actor, Master of Ceremonies

•     Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Actor

•     Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme

•     Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UN Environment

•     Al-Sarah and the Nubatones (musical performance)

For media interviews please contact: Sangita Khadka, sangita.khadka@undp.org, phone +1-212-906-5043. Interviews with Equator Prize winners and select speakers are available on request (both in advance and at the event).

Please note: The event attendance is by invitation only. For media tickets, please contact Martin Sommerschuh, martin.sommerschuh@undp.org  

Summaries on Equator Prize winners are available here and https://www.equatorinitiative.org/