Joan Carling is the winner of the Champions of the Earth Award

Tuesday, 2nd October 2018

Congratulations to Joan Carling for winning the 2018 Champions of the Earth Award, for lifetime achievement, one of the highest environmental honours of the United Nations.

The Champions of the Earth Award celebrates outstanding figures from the public and private sectors and from civil society whose actions have had a transformative, positive impact on the environment.

Joan Carling is the 2018 winner for the lifetime achievement award for her work in promoting the work and defending land and environmental rights of Indigenous Peoples for over 20 years. Since it launched in 2016, Joan has also been a major champhion of the LandRightsNow campaign that mobilises and engages citizens, media, communities and oganisations worldwide to promotoe and secure the land rights of Indigenous Poples and local communities. 


The two-time elected Secretary General of ILC member organisation, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, has dedicated most of her career to helping indigenous communities. She has actively participated in global processes to defend these concerns, including those related to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and REDD+. She was appointed by the UN Economic and Social Council as an indigenous expert and served as a member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues between 2014 and 2016. She is a member and co-convenor of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group for the Sustainable Development Goals. 

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