On 27th October 2020, Global Himalayan Expedition(GHE) of India, won the 2020 United Nations(UN) Global Climate Action Awards under Financing for Climate Friendly Investment for its efforts to combat climate change amid COVID-19 pandemic.
2020 United Nations Global Climate Action Awards:
i.Along with the solutions to climate change, the award also recognises the efforts towards sustainable development goals like innovation, gender equality and economic opportunities.
ii.The winners of 2020 awards were selected by the international advisory panel as a part of Momentum for change.
iii.The 13 projects that won the 2020 awards fall within the 3 focus areas: Climate Neutral Now, Women for Results and Financing for Climate Friendly Investment.
iv.All the activities will be showcased in a series of online events in November & December 2020.
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About Global Himalayan Expedition(GHE):
i.As Recognised by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Global Himalayan Expedition(GHE) is the world’s first organisation to utilize the force of tourism integrated with technology to enable solar energy to remote communities.
ii.Around 1300 travellers from more than 60 countries have contributed to this expedition, which supported the livelihood of the villages through homestay tourism that generated around 114000 USD income (45% increase in annual income) to the villages.
About United Nations Global Climate Action Awards:
i.The United Nations(UN) Global Climate Action Awards recognises the best efforts by the nations, businesses, investors, cities, regions and civil societies across the globe to combat climate change.
ii.The awards are spearheaded by the Momentum for Change initiative of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and showcases the most practical and replicable examples of climate change solutions across the globe.
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i.Indian Army officer and woman peacekeeper Suman Gawani who has served with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan(UNMISS) & Brazilian Naval Officer Commander Carla Monteiro de Castro Araujo have been selected for the prestigious United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award (2019).
ii.The World Health Organization(WHO) has accorded the World No Tobacco Day Award 2020 to Socio-Economic and Educational Development Society(SEEDS), an Indian non-governmental organization(NGO), one among the 3 SouthEast Asian Region awardees, for its efforts to ban pan masala, gutkha, e-cigarettes and hookah in Bihar and Jharkhand.
About UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC):
Executive Secretary– Patricia Espinosa
Headquarters– Bonn, Germany