UN Environment Young Champions of the Earth Competition 2019 (US$15,000+ in seed funding & funded trip to high-level UN meeting)

Date limite d'inscription: Mars 15th 2019

Are you a change-maker, rain-maker, ground-breaker? Do you see opportunity, where others see crisis? Do you want to change the world? Jeunes champions de la terre aims to celebrate and support individuals aged between 18 and 30 who have outstanding potential to create a positive environmental impact.

In 2019, seven young people – selected from every global region – will be named Young Champions of the Earth. These winners receive seed funding, intensive training, and tailored mentorship to bring their big environmental ideas to life. We’re looking for the artists, scientists, economists, communicators and entrepreneurs from all walks of life with big, bold ideas— for the environment, for humanity, for a greener future.


To be eligible to enter the 2019 Young Champions of the Earth competition (hereafter referred to as “the Competition”), applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30 on 31 December 2019.

Additionally, each applicant must have at least 6 months of prior experience working on their environmental project.

Individuals who submitted applications in the 2018 cycle of the Competition are entitled to do so again in 2019. However, only one entry is allowed per person per year.

Critères de sélection

Following an open call for applications, UN experts will short-list World Finalists from every region. A Global Jury will then select the seven 2019 winners. Each winner will be expected to implement their big idea and keep us updated on their progress by producing videos and blogs that we will share on the website.

In parallel, up to 50 of the most promising applicants will be granted privileged access to an expert community of Covestro mentors. They will offer insights on topics ranging from communications and business development to project planning and financial management.

Le Prix

In 2019, seven Young Champions of the Earth will be selected from each global region: one from each of Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, West Asia, and two from Asia and the Pacific. Each winner will receive the following:

  • $ 15,000 en financement de démarrage;
  • US$ 9,000 in funding to communicate and capture your idea and broadcast the stories of hope and change that you’re catalyzing on the ground.
  • Attendance at a high-level UN meeting;
  • Une introduction aux dignitaires lors de la cérémonie de remise des prix Champions of the Earth;
  • Publicity and recognition through interviews and online and global media;
  • Accès à une communauté d'experts de Covestro offrant des idées et du mentorat; et
  • Participation in an entrepreneurial training program.

The 2019 Young Champions will be required to share their journeys through blogs and vlogs posted on this website for a period of up to one year.


More than just an honorary title, Young Champions of the Earth Prize aims to nurture the next generation of environmental leaders. Up to 50 applicants who clearly articulate their skills requirements and demonstrate a strong willingness to learn will be granted privileged access to mentoring opportunities. They will be able to seek technical guidance and professional advice from a broad community of experts drawn from Covestro’s 16,000 global staff members. These mentors will share their experience through webinars, thematic online roundtables and individual support.

Topics of strategic relevance such as communications, project planning and financial management, will be explored in depth with the aim of strengthening the viability and impact of mentees’ ventures.

Les critères de sélection

In the first stage of the selection process, all applications will be judged by United Nations experts according to the following criteria:

  1. Le 3 Ps - L'impact positif que votre grande idée pourrait avoir sur l'environnement (planète) et la société (personnes), et sa viabilité financière (prospérité).
  2. Le 3 Cs - Preuve que vous êtes un individu curieux, courageux et coloré.
  3. Engagement démontré - Il est important que vous ayez déjà essayé de mettre en œuvre votre grande idée pendant au moins 6 mois et que vous puissiez décrire les réalisations et / ou les développements à ce jour.
  4. Approbation - La force de la recommandation de votre arbitre.

Apply Now for the UN Environment Young Champions of the Earth Competition 2019

Pour plus d'informations:

Visitez le site officiel de la compétition des jeunes champions de l'environnement de l'ONU 2019

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