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Apply now for the UNFCC 2023 UN Global Climate Action Awards Program Cop 28

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Apply now for the UNFCC 2023 UN Global Climate Action Awards Program Cop 28. The UN Climate Change launched two youth categories for 2023. The program is spearheaded by the UN Climate Change to appreciate individuals and organizations across the globe that are changing the world into a low-carbon future.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) aim is to keep the global average temperature rise this century as close as possible to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels according to its parent treaty of the 2015 Paris Agreement. The UN Global Climate Action Awards recognize innovative and transformative solutions addressing climate change and broader economic, social, and environmental challenges.

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UN Global Climate Action Awards has received and represented some of the most bright, scalable, and replicable solutions from businesses, individuals, governments, and industries that are being used to tackle climate change. The Award is partnered with IRENA, IUCN, and the Permanent Representative of the UAE to IRENA.

The UN Global Climate Action Awards seeks to bring to light the innovative climate action that young people worldwide are creating to ensure their environment is more resilient, sustainable, and safe. The two youth awards will be; A youth award for energy transition and A youth award for nature and eco-system based climate action.

Eligibility and Requirements for the UN Global Climate Action Awards

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

Youth Award on energy transition:

  • The project, initiative, program, or other activity should be led and carried out by a young applicant of up to 35 years.
  • Applicants are required to demonstrate renewable energy and/or energy efficiency outcomes.
  • Applicants projects should be community-focused.
  • Applicants are to utilize elements of education, training, and/or public awareness to achieve goals.
  • Applicants are to address issues of equity in the community and have already carried out or are in the process of carrying out projects.
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Youth Award on Nature and Eco-System-Based Climate Action:

  • The project, initiative, program, or other activity should be led and carried out by a young applicant of up to 35 years.
  • Projects should demonstrate activities designed to increase nature’s resilience through adaptation, mitigation, and disaster risk reduction actions.
  • Projects should demonstrate ways to restore, maintain, and enhance nature’s contributions through nature-based solutions and/or ecosystem-based approaches to benefit all people and nature.
  • Applicants should incorporate elements of public participation, public awareness, and/or public access to information to achieve their goals.
  • Applicants are to address issues of equity in the community, and be already carried out or in the the process of carrying out said projects.

What You Stand to Gain from the UN Global Climate Action Awards

Selected winners will receive:

  • Selected winners will receive the UN Climate Change Award certificate that will be given to them at a special awards event at COP28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
  • Selected applicants will receive travel and daily allowance to participate in the COP28 UN Climate Change Conference in the UAE.
  • Selected applicants will receive opportunities to network during the UN Climate Change Conference.
  • Selected applicants will provide a video about their initiative and distribute it to the media.
  • Selected applicants will get a dedicated webpage on the UN Climate Change website.
  • Selected applicants will participate in relevant speaking arrangements throughout 2024.
  • Selected applicants will receive a year-long mentoring program tailored to the needs of each winner.
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Application Process

Click here to access the application form.

The application deadline is on October 15th, 2023

For more information, visit the official page of the UN Global Climate Action Awards Program Cop 28

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