Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity

The 1 million euro prize recognises outstanding contributions to climate action and climate solutions that inspire hope and possibility.

The Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity, first awarded in 2020, rewards individuals and organisations who are leading society’s efforts to tackle the single biggest challenge facing humanity today: climate change. The Prize recognises outstanding contributions to climate action and climate solutions that inspire hope.

With an annual award of 1 million euro, the Prize funding has been used to support people facing the worst impacts of climate change and help scale climate solutions. The 2023 Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity was awarded to ecosystem restoration leaders from the Global South.

Nominations for the 2024 Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity are now closed. The winner will be announced in July 2024.

Story and History


The Prize winner is selected by an independent Jury, composed of members with expertise in Earth system science, climate action, environmentalism and climate justice from scientific, technological, political and cultural realms.

Prize impact

Since the Prize was launched in 2020, the Jury has recognised different approaches to climate action including youth mobilisation, coalition building, developing localised solutions, and scientific research.

Helping humanity overcome the biggest challenge we face will be the ultimate legacy of the Prize. The Prize tells a story of possibility – showing us that there is still hope and, if we act now, we can build a better and more sustainable future.

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Meet the winners

The Prize money is being used by the previous winners to support people facing the worst impacts of climate change – including funding grass-roots organisations in Brazil, helping flooding victims in India and Bangladesh, funding projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, helping cities achieve a green transition, and recognising organisations working to highlight the threats of climate change and biodiversity loss.

Why climate action

This is a Prize for Humanity, which puts people at the centre and celebrates human ingenuity in developing new solutions to climate change. This is not a Prize that solely rewards technical innovation – it also rewards action by individuals, networks and organisations for the benefit of both humanity and nature.

The Prize strengthens communities facing the effects of climate change, helping them to adapt and build resilience at a local level. It supports scalable solutions that will have real impact nationally and globally.

The Prize is a manifestation of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s commitment to put sustainability at the heart of everything it does. In addition to the Prize, the Foundation provides grants for climate solutions that work for both people and nature.

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