The Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity, awarded annually, in the amount of 1 million euros, aims to recognise people, groups of people and/or organisations from all over the world whose contributions to mitigation and adaptation to climate change stand out for its novelty, innovation and impact.

Humanity today faces a severe and unprecedented climate crisis with devastating consequences for people, nature and the economy.

The past five years have been the hottest on record with global temperature rise, caused by excessive greenhouse gas emissions, and disturbing the Earth’s balance. Besides the serious environmental impacts, such as biodiversity loss and the collapse of natural ecosystems, climate change also affects essential components of human well-being and socio-economic development.

Without drastic change, consequences will continue to be devastating for humankind, particularly those who are most vulnerable.

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  • Foster a low carbon future
  • Mitigate climate change negative effects
  • Promote a resilient society

Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity

The 2nd edition of the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity highlights the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s commitment to urgent climate action. Notably, it seeks to speed up the transition to a carbon neutral society, to mitigate the negative effects of climate change for people, the environment and the economy, and to promote a society that is more resilient and better prepared for future global changes and to protect the most vulnerable in particular.

This initiative strives to draw attention to and leverage large-scale climate action responses, helping to speed up the process of decarbonising the global economy, protecting people and natural systems from severe effects associated to climate change and supporting sustainable development.

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Jury

The Jury is composed by personalities of internationally recognised reputation in scientific, technological, political and cultural realms, with renowned merit in matters related to mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

  • Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity, 2nd edition
  • Greta Thunberg, Winner of the first Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity
  • Jorge Sampaio, President of the Jury of the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity
  • Miguel Bastos Araújo, Vice-President of the Jury of the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity
  • António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations

Areas of Recognition

The Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity will be focused on the recognition of accomplishments and contributions to solve the climate crisis. The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation considers any potential recognition areas that can contribute to mitigate and/or adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Mitigation

Reduction or prevention of greenhouse gas emissions or the increased absorption of already emitted GHG. The mitigation actions require, for example, the use of new technologies, clean energy sources, reducing deforestation or restoring natural ecosystems, sustainable agriculture, and changes in consumer behaviors.

Adaptation

Reducing the negative consequences of climate change by taking measures to prevent or minimize impacts that can no longer be avoided, such as rising sea levels, extreme weather events and food insecurity, with actions that include technological measures, nature-based solutions and behavioral changes.