Joan Carling

Environment and indigenous rights defender

Champion of the Earth,
Lifetime Achievement
I share this award with every environmental activist, in recognition that there is hope that justice will prevail for our people and the planet.

Joan Carling has been defending land and environmental rights of indigenous peoples for more than 20 years. She actively participated in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and REDD+, twice served as Secretary-General of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and was Chairperson of the Cordillera People’s Alliance. She was appointed by the UN Economic and Social Council as an indigenous expert and has been a member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, among other responsibilities.

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