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Winners of United Nations climate solutions awards announced today

GeSI Staff | November 25, 2014

(Bonn, Germany, 25 November 2014) – From a multi-million-dollar initiative unlocking climate finance across Latin America to an enterprise building climate-friendly homes in Africa, to an ICT-enabled early-warning system protecting people from floods in the Indian Himalayan region, 12 inspiring projects were announced today as winners of the 2014 Lighthouse Activity Awards.

The Lighthouse Activity Awards are spearheaded by the UN Climate Change secretariat to shine a light on some of the best examples of climate solutions, to inspire increased climate action around the world. This year’s winning activities include both large, game-changing solutions and small, entrepreneurial efforts. With the addition of a new focus area on information and communications technology (ICT), this year’s Lighthouse Activities encompass a wider and more diverse range of solutions than ever before.

“Opportunities abound when we look at the potential of ICT to reduce emissions. ICT-enabled solutions can help with the integration of renewables, off-grid electricity storage, optimisation of logistics networks, route planning, efficient livestock management, smart farming and smart design and building management. And these are only the tip of the iceberg!” GeSI Chairman Luis Neves said. However, there is still a lack of awareness amongst policy- and decision-makers about the enormous potential that ICT presents. Initiatives like this are a step forward in the understanding of ICT as a key tool for climate.

In addition to ICT, the Lighthouse Activities were focused on 3 other areas: Urban Poor, Women for Results, Financing for Climate Friendly Investment. This shows how varied Climate Change solutions can be and how important it is to take a holistic view of sustainability.

“These activities are assisting communities, cities, businesses, governments and institutions to move towards a low-carbon, highly resilient future,” UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said. “The 2014 Lighthouse Activities show that action on climate change is not only possible but that it is already happening – injecting confidence into the global movement towards a universal climate change agreement in Paris in 2015.”

The 2014 Lighthouse Activities were selected by a 25-member international advisory panel as part of the secretariat’s Momentum for Change initiative, which is implemented with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation, and operates in partnership with the World Economic Forum and GeSI.

“Our panel had the very difficult task of selecting a small group of outstanding activities from among all the applicants,” said Teresa Ribera Rodriguez, Chair of the Momentum for Change Advisory Panel. “In the end, the 12 initiatives that rose to the top of the list stood out as true beacons, shining a light on transformational climate action that challenges conventional development.”

The winners of the 2014 Lighthouse Activity Awards are:

All 12 will be showcased at a series of special events during the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru (1-12 December).

Digital assets:
High-resolution images, fact sheets and infographics of each of the 12 Lighthouse Activities are available for download at:

For more information, please contact:
Nick Nuttall, UNFCCC Spokesperson: | +49 228 815 1400 (phone) or +49 152 0168 4831 (mobile)

Sarah Marchildon, UNFCCC Communications Officer: | +49 228 815 1065 (phone)

Learn more:
Momentum for Change on Facebook: unfcccmomentum
Momentum for Change on Twitter: @Momentum_UNFCCC
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres on Twitter: @CFigueres

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