Equator Prize 2012
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We are no longer accepting nominations for the Equator Prize 2012. As the Prize is given every two years, the next call for nominations will be in 2013 for the Equator Prize 2014. 

In August 2011, UNDP Equator Initiative announced the call for nominations for the Equator Prize 2012, which recognized 25 outstanding local initiatives that are working to advance sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.

The 25 recipients of the Equator Prize 2012 each received $5,000 (USD), with 10 selected for special recognition and a total of $20,000 (USD).

Representatives of winning communities participated in the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which was held in Brazil in June 2012. Click here to read about and to view photos and videos from the award ceremony.


Eligibility and Selection Criteria


In order to be eligible for the Equator Prize 2012, nominees must:

  • Have been in operation for at least 3 years
  • Be a community-based or local group, operating in a rural area
  • Be located within a country receiving support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), excluding countries with a high level of development

Before submitting a nomination for the Equator Prize 2012, please review the complete list of eligible countries, eligibility requirements and selection criteria.

**Please note that eligibility and selection criteria have been significantly broadened to accommodate a wider range of community-based initiatives, fields of work, and countries of operation.

How to Nominate

Nominations for the Equator Prize 2012 may be submitted directly by the initiative, by a partner organization, or by any third party that is familiar with the activities and achievements of the initiative.

Nominations may be completed, saved and submitted using our online nomination system. Online nominations are encouraged and may be submitted in Arabic, Chinese, English, Tagalog, French, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Indonesian, Malay, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Thai, or Vietnamese.

Click here for the full list of winners.

Submitting Nominations By Email, Fax or Post

For those who have trouble accessing or using the online nomination system, nomination forms may also be downloaded here:

Arabic [PDF / Word ]
Chinese [PDF / Word ]
English [PDF / Word ]
French [PDF / Word ]
Haitian Creole [PDF / Word ]
Hindi [PDF / Word ]
Indonesian [PDF / Word ]
Malay [PDF / Word ]

Portuguese [PDF / Word ]
Russian [PDF / Word ]
Spanish [PDF / Word ]
Swahili [PDF / Word ]
Tagalog [PDF / Word ]
Thai [PDF / Word ]
Vietnamese [PDF / Word ]

Completed nominations may be submitted via e-mail, fax or post to:

Attention: Whitney Wilding
Equator Initiative
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
304 East 45th Street, Room 640
New York, NY 10017
Fax: +1 212 906-6642
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The nomination period for the Equator Prize 2012 closed on 31 October 2011.