The Equator Prize for 2017 is now open for nominationThe Equator Prize for 2017 is now open for nomination. This aims to honor outstanding indigenous peoples and local community initiatives that are advancing nature-based solutions for local sustainable development.
The Equator Prize 2017 winners will be invited to participate in a series of policy dialogues and special events during the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2017. As in past years, the Equator Prize award ceremony will be a high-visibility stage to showcase the work of UNDP. It will also support ceremonies at the national level for additional exposure for winners and UNDP at the country level.
To be eligible for the Equator Prize 2017, the following requirements apply:
· The initiative must have been in existence for at least three years, and/or the actions taken must have been in place for at least three years.
· The nominee must be either a local community-based group, operating in a rural area, based in a country receiving support from the United Nations Development Programme (for a list of eligible countries, see the list below); or an indigenous peoples’ community in any country, operating in a rural area.
· The actions taken must be nature-based, and must deliver benefits related to two or more Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Eligible groups are:
· Community-based associations or organizations
· Community-based enterprises and cooperatives
· Women's associations or organizations
· Indigenous or ethnic minority groups or associations
· Youth groups or associations
· Non-governmental organizations
A successful initiative will be selected based on the following criteria:
Impact: The extent to which the nominated initiative has resulted in measurable and positive environmental, social and economic impacts, related to two or more Sustainable Development Goals;
Innovation: The extent to which the nominated initiative demonstrates new approaches and models that overcome prevailing constraints, and could offer fundamentally new approaches to attaining sustainable development;
Scalability and/or replicability: The extent to which the nominated initiative could be scaled up sub-nationally or nationally and/or, the extent to which the initiative can be replicated within the country and beyond;
Resilience, Adaptability, and Self-Sufficiency: The extent to which the nominated initiative demonstrates adaptability to environmental, social and economic change, resilience in the face of external pressures, and improved capacity for local self-sufficiency;
Reduced inequalities: The extent to which the initiative reduces inequalities in income as well as those based on age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status, particular for the poor;
Social Inclusion: The extent to which the nominated initiative includes youth, elders, indigenous members and other diverse groups in the decision-making processes and the actions that affect them;
Gender Equality:The extent to which the nominated Initiative promotes the equality and empowerment of women and gilrs;
You can access the online nomination system in this link: http://prize.equatorinitiative.org/home/. Please note that the nomination deadline is March 8, 2017.
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