Published on: 2015-10-30

(Bonn, Germany, 27 October 2015) - Sixteen game-changing initiatives from around the world were announced today as winners of a prestigious United Nations climate change award.
The Momentum for Change initiative is spearheaded by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and aims to shine a light on some of the most innovative, scalable and replicable examples of what people are doing to address climate change. 
Each of these Lighthouse Activities touches on one of Momentum for Change's four focus areas: Urban PoorWomen for ResultsFinancing for Climate Friendly Investment and ICT Solutions. The ICT Solutions area is supported by GeSI, including through its active involvement in the Advisory Panel evaluating the projects submitted. This year, the ICT Solutions area is the one with the highest number of Lighthouse Activities:
  • ChargePoint Electric Vehicles Charging Corridors (US): Building a network of electric vehicle express charging stations
  • Enabling Farmers to Adapt to Climate Change (Uganda): Using ICT solutions to build resilience
  • Fairphone (The Netherlands): Producing a phone that improves lives and the environment
  • Lifelink Water Solutions (Kenya and Uganda): Using ICT tools to provide safe, sustainable and affordable water
  • Mapping Exposure to Sea Level Rise (Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea): Preparing for risk with online spatial tools
  • Mobisol Smart Solar Homes (Rwanda and Tanzania): Powering homes with solar energy
"The 2015 Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities comprise an impressive range of projects and personal stories that touch on sustainability, climate protection, environmental consciousness and social responsibility," said Teresa Ribera Rodriguez, Chair of the Momentum for Change Advisory Panel. "With a record number of applications - more than 450 - this year, the Advisory Panel had a difficult time selecting the best of the best."
Today's announcement is part of the wider effort to mobilize action and ambition as national governments work toward adopting a new universal climate agreement. All 16 Lighthouse Activities will be showcased at a series of special events during the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, France (30 November to 11 December).
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