United Nations Leaders, Alec Baldwin to Announce Equator Prize 2015 Winners

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Indigenous and local groups from 20 countries recognized by UN Development Programme and partners for leadership on climate change, land rights and forest protection; Awards to be handed out at star-studded UN Climate Change Conference event in Paris

A press conference hosted by UNDP to announce winners of the Equator Prize 2015, an award that recognizes outstanding local solutions for people, nature and resilient communities, will take place at UN Headquarters in New York City on 21 September 2015 at 11:00am.

Equator Prize winners are on the frontlines of global efforts to protect forests, wildlife, agricultural landscapes, natural resources and land rights. Each community winner has successfully tackled climate, environment and poverty challenges — from illegal logging to cross-border conflict to mega-dam projects — in remote corners of the world. Winners will be honoured at a high-level award ceremony on Monday 7 December 2015 in Paris, France at the UN Climate Change Conference. Winners were chosen from 1,461 nominations coming from 126 countries.

List of winner countries: Afghanistan, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia/Kenya (cross-border), Guyana, Honduras, Indonesia, Iran, Madagascar, Malaysia/Indonesia (cross-border), Papua New Guinea, Tanzania and Uganda.

What: Press conference to announce Equator Prize 2015 winners
When: Monday, 21 September 2015 at 11:00 AM EST
Where: 760 United Nations Plaza, United Nations Secretariat Building, 2nd Floor, Room S-237, New York City

  •     Helen Clark, Administrator, UN Development Programme
  •     Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
  •     Alec Baldwin, Actor and Activist
  •     Hans Brattskar, Special Advisor to UNDP on Indigenous Peoples Issues

For more information or media interviews please contact:
Joseph Corcoran, 778-987-8189 / joseph(dot)corcoran(at)undp(dot)org | Coimbra Sirica, 301-943-3287 / csirica(at)burness(dot)com

Please Note - Media not already accredited at the UN must be accredited. For assistance with accreditation, please contact Joshua Cramer-Montes at 917-674-3510.

About the Equator Initiative

The Equator Initiative is a United Nations-led partnership that brings together governments, the private sector, civil society, and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. It is a movement built around the Equator Prize, which has been awarded to 187 local and indigenous communities in over 70 countries since 2002. Equator Initiative on Twitter | on Facebook

About UNDP

UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

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