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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner to Lead Award Ceremony

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.

Angélique Kidjo

Champion of the Earth 2011 Angélique Kidjo congratulates the 2014 Champions of the Earth Laureates

Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan

Quote from 2011 Champions of the Earth Laureate Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan

Jack Dangermond

Champion of the Earth 2013 Jack Dangermond congratulates the 2014 Champions of the Earth Laureates

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