Apply for the 2016 Momentum for Change Awards

Submit Your Climate Solution and be Celebrated at the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco

Are you leading a project that addresses climate change? We want to hear from you!

The United Nations Climate Change secretariat is now accepting applications for the 2016 Momentum for Change Awards to showcase action and ambition as national governments work toward implementing the historic Paris Agreement.

Selected initiatives, called ‘Lighthouse Activities,’ shine a light on innovative, scalable and replicable examples of what people are doing to address climate change, in the hope of inspiring others to act. They will be recognized and celebrated during a series of special events in November at the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco.

“Now that countries have agreed to an unprecedented global treaty to combat climate change, it is time to unleash action and investment towards a low-emission, resilient and sustainable future,” said Nick Nuttall, UNFCCC Spokesperson.

“The solutions awarded by Momentum for Change show that concrete, results-driven action on climate change is already underway around the world. They also serve as a beacon to inspire governments and other key actors to take similar action.”

Who can apply?

Organizations, cities, businesses, governments and other key players that are taking concrete action on climate change can apply to have their projects recognized as a 2016 Lighthouse Activity.

Why should you apply?

If your project is selected, you'll receive a wide range of benefits, including:

  • Attendance to the 2016 UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco (COP 22)

  • Access to policy makers and potential funders during the conference

  • Public recognition by the UN Climate Change secretariat

  • Public relations support and media training

  • High-quality promotional videos and podcasts

  • Graphic assets such as infographics and professional photography

  • A dedicated page about your project on our website


How to apply?

To apply, you’ll need to first register in our application portal. It will take at least an hour to complete an application but you can save your progress at any time and work on it at your convenience. Completed applications must be submitted by 23:59 GMT on 25 April 2016.

What are the categories?

The 2016 Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities will recognize climate action that is already achieving real results in three key areas. Watch our short videos and visit our website to learn more about each category:

Women for Results | Narrated by Connie Britton, UNDP Goodwill Ambassador from Momentum for Change on Vimeo.

Women for Results: Learn how women play a leadership role when it comes to tackling climate change.

Financing for Climate Friendly Investment | Narrated by Alec Baldwin, Actor and Activist from Momentum for Change on Vimeo.

Financing for Climate Friendly Investment: Learn how innovation is playing a key role in unlocking financial resources for climate change initiatives.

Information and Communication Technology Solutions | Narrated by Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia Univ from Momentum for Change on Vimeo.

ICT Solutions: Learn how information and communications technology (ICT) can reduce energy use, cut greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience to climate change.

How are the winners chosen?

The Momentum for Change Advisory Panel, made up of senior experts from various fields and countries, will select the 2016 Lighthouse Activities. The panel is part of the secretariat’s Momentum for Change initiative, which operates in partnership with Masdar’s Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER) initiative, the World Economic Forum Global Project on Climate Change and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative.

Apply online now!

Applications for the 2016 Momentum for Change Awards are being accepted until 25 April 2016 at  

For more information, please contact:

Nick Nuttall, UNFCCC Spokesperson | + 49 228 815 1400, mobile +49 152 0168 4831

Sarah Marchildon, UNFCCC Communications Officer | +49 228 815 1065