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    Five Inspirational Environmental Leaders
    Receive Champions of the Earth Award at
    Close of Sustainable Development Goals Summit

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    2015 Champions of the Earth to be recognized at award ceremony.

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    Champions of the Earth 2015

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  • The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit

    The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit is a majority women group of rangers, founded by Transfrontier Africa to protect the Olifants West Region of Balule Nature Reserve, part of Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa.

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  • National Geographic Society

    National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world.

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  • Natura Brasil

    Natura Brasil is a Brazilian brand leader in cosmetics, fragrances and personal care in the direct selling model in Brazil. Created from a passion for cosmetics and relationships, Natura is present in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, France, Mexico and Peru through over 1.7 million consultants.

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  • HE Sheikh Hasina

    The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, HE Ms Sheikh Hasina, has been announced as one of the winners of the United Nations highest environmental accolade, in recognition of Bangladesh’s far-reaching initiatives to address climate change.

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  • Paul Polman

    Paul Polman has been announced as one of the winners of the UN’s highest environmental accolade for leading the private sector toward sustainability, both in his role as Unilever CEO and as a tireless advocate for more sustainable business models.

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The Champions of the Earth award is the United Nations highest environmental honour recognizing visionary people and organisations all over the world that exemplify leadership and advocate action on sustainable development, climate change and a life of dignity for all.

Past winners in the fields of policy, science, entrepreneurship, and civil society action include Sylvia Earle, Mario Molina, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Tommy Remengesau, Jr., Felipe Calderon, Tsakhia Elbergdoj, Al Gore, Mikhail Gorbachev and Marina Silva.

The environment plays a key role in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. About half of the SDGs are directly environmental in focus or address the sustainability of natural resources: poverty, health, food and agriculture, water and sanitation, human settlements, energy, climate change, sustainable consumption and production, oceans, and terrestrial ecosystems.

To view the 2015 Champions of the Earth Photo Galleries, Click here.

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Get excited! The #UNEPChampions Gala starts at 7:00 p.m. EDT in New York tonight. Join us live with Nikki Reed Ian Somerhalder and Gisele Bündchen on: http://web.unep.org/champions/livestream

Posted by UNEP on Sunday, September 27, 2015