Dr. Anne Larigauderie, Secretary General of IPBES and Ana María Hernández Salgar, Chair of IPBES.
​Dr. Anne Larigauderie, Secretary General of IPBES and Ana María Hernández Salgar, Chair of IPBES.

IPBES received the Win win award

​At a ceremony for 50 specially invited guests and even more digital spectators, the organization IPBES received this year's Win win award.
Win win Gothenburg Sustainability Award is one of the world's foremost sustainability awards, with a prize money of one million SEK. This year, the theme for the award has been biodiversity and it is for its efforts in that area the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, IPBES, was awarded on Thursday evening.

When the organization was presented as a laureate this spring, the Win Win Prize jury pointed out that the IPBES report "Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services" from 2019 made information on biodiversity and ecosystems available to more than just experts and researchers.

Significant prize in a significant year

As the world's first international platform for biodiversity, IPBES provides information and tools to protect, and sustainably use, nature's vital resources. IPBES Secretary General Dr. Anne Larigauderie believes that it is particularly significant that IPBES will be awarded the prize precisely in 2020 – the year when a new framework will be formed for the next decade's global efforts for nature.
“Even though we at IPBES receive this award, we do so as representatives of our 136 member countries and the thousands of researchers, knowledge holders and stakeholders who have contributed enormously to our work. This award is also their award, and this success is their success. That we are awarded the Win win Gothenburg Sustainability Award 2020 is further confirmation that scientific expertise and concrete evidence must be at the core of the decisions we make today, about our common future”, said Anne Larigauderie when the award was announced earlier this year.

Youth prize to Ehtiopian forest project

The Youth Win Award was awarded to Ariana Yuen and the Forested Food project in Ethiopia. The organization strives to preserve forests and create justice for the communities that exist in the forest areas.Ariana Yuen of Forested Foods on video. Accepting the award on her behalf is Fredrika Andersson, Win win Youth Award ambassador.

Anti-corruption theme for 2021

In connection with the award ceremony, the theme for the 2021 award – Anti-corruption – was announced. The nominations for the award have opened.

Text: Erik Krång and Julia Jansson
Photo: Fabian Beiving

Facts / IPBES

IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) is an intergovernmental and UN-linked panel comparable to the Climate Panel (IPCC), but with a focus on biodiversity and ecosystems. Founded in 2012, it brings together hundreds of different actors, experts and decision makers from around the world. IPBES’ main mission is to compile knowledge about the state of the world's ecosystems and species and to emphasize the benefits that nature gives us.

Facts / Win win Gothenburg Sustainability Award

Win win Gothenburg Sustainability Award is a non-profit association funded by the City of Gothenburg, the Västra Götaland region and eleven other member organizations and companies, including Chalmers. The win win award is one of the world's foremost sustainability awards. The winners are always chosen by an independent jury.

Facts / Win win Youth award

There is also a sustainability award for young people, Win win Gothenburg Sustainability Youth Award. It has previously been a regional youth award aimed at high school students in Västra Götaland, but from 2020 is an international award for people aged 13 to 29 years.

Published: Fri 23 Oct 2020.