Equator Prize 2019: won by Deccan Development Society.

Equator Prize 2019: won by Deccan Development Society.

June 09, 2019.

The Equator Prize 2019, one of the most coveted UN awards, has won by the women of Deccan Development Society sangams. Since the beginning of the awards in 2002, only nine awards have been bagged by India so far out of a total of 223. PV Satheesh, Director DDS, said, “This year, a total of 847 nominations have been received by the UN from 127 countries. Of them, only 20 were given this prestigious award.”

It is for the first time that the Equator Prize has been awarded to groups from Guinea-Bissau, as well as to indigenous communities in Australia and the United States. Winners also belong to Benin, Brazil, Cameroon, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Micronesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Tanzania, and Vanuatu.

“Every day, thousands of local communities and indigenous peoples around the world are quietly implementing innovative nature-based solutions to mitigate and adapt to climate change.  The Equator Prize is both a recognition of their exceptional ideas and a way to showcase the power of people and grassroots communities to bring about real change,” said, UNDP Administrator, Achim Steiner.

The four-stage selection process emphasized community-based approaches that provide a blueprint for replication and scaling solutions to address our climate crisis. The winners were selected from a pool of 847 nominations across 127 countries by an independent Technical Advisory Committee of internationally renowned experts.

US$10,000 will be given to Equator Prize winners each and the opportunity for two community representatives to join a week-long summit in New York during the 74th United Nations General Assembly. The winners will join a network of 223 communities from 78 countries that have received the Equator Prize since its inception in 2002. They will be celebrated at the Equator Prize Award Ceremony on 24 September 2019, at the Town Hall theatre in Midtown Manhattan, featuring celebrities, government and UN officials, civil society, and the media.

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