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Five Latin American Winners Among UNDP’s Equator Prize Recipients

LADB Article ID: 80405
Category/Department: Region
Date: 2017-09-08
By: Gregory Scruggs

The UN will honor six indigenous and women’s initiatives from five Central and South American countries on topics ranging from land rights to environmental protection to animal conservation at a ceremony this month. The accolade is the Equator Prize, given every two years since 2002 by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to recognize outstanding community efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.The Central and South American winners hail from Belize, Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Honduras. They are among 15 winners from around the globe who were selected in a competitive process that saw over 800 nominations from 120 countries.“The solutions they have found in the service of their communities are as diverse as the development challenges they face. But what unites them is that each shows the power of people to bring about change while protecting the planet,” said Achim Steiner, UNDP administrator, in a statement when the winners were announced in June.

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