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IPBES and IPCC Awarded 2022 Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity for Contribution to Combatting Biodiversity Loss and Climate Change

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IPBES and IPCC were selected to receive the 2022 Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity, from a field of 116 nominations, from more than 40 countries.

This news was announced in Lisbon, Portugal, on Thursday (13 October) by Dr. Angela Merkel, the former Chancellor of Germany, in her capacity as President of the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity jury.

In making their selection, the Jury highlighted how the selection recognizes “the role of science on the front line of tackling climate change and the loss of biodiversity.” “Evidence based science”, the Jury considered, “has been fundamental not only to advancing many of the political and public actions but also the need to attribute the ‘nature of urgency’ to the ways in which the political agenda approaches the question of combatting the climate crisis”. The prize includes an award of 1 million euro to be shared between the two organizations.

Speaking about the award, IPBES Executive Secretary Anne Larigauderie said: "The decision to award the 2022 Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity to both IPBES and IPCC is also a powerful statement confirming that the global loss of species, destruction of ecosystems and degradation of nature’s contributions to people together represent a crisis not only of similar magnitude to that of climate change, but one which must be addressed with at least similar urgency. The unified message from both of our expert communities is that either we tackle and solve the biodiversity crisis and the climate crisis together – or we will fail on both fronts."

Global assessment (1st work programme), Stakeholder engagement, Catalogue of assessments, Communications, Conceptual framework, IPBES-IPCC co-sponsored workshop on biodiversity and climate change
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