Each of seven winners in the 2019 program, the third year of the global competition, will receive $15,000 seed money to invest in their projects, invitations and funding to attend high-level UN meetings to share their ideas with the world, training and mentorship.
“Engaging with the Young Champions from the past two years has demonstrated the concern and commitment they have over the future of our planet,” Covestro CEO Dr. Markus Steilemann said. “Their passion is very much shared by Covestro, and I am delighted to help launch a further round of this global competition, which is a brilliant platform to help young professionals make their dreams become reality.”
“The Young Champions of the Earth prize combines two ingredients that are critical to saving our planet – innovation and the drive of young people,” added Joyce Msuya, UN environment acting executive director and assistant secretary-general of the UN. “We need both in equal measures to address the planet’s most pressing environmental challenges.”
Following an open call for applications, a global jury will select the seven 2019 winners. Each winner will be expected to implement their idea and keep UN Environment and partners updated on their progress by producing videos and blogs.