The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has named Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley among its 2021 Champions of the Earth from a record number of nominations worldwide.
Two other women and one entity received the prestigious award.
In a press release on Tuesday, UNEP said it bestowed the honour on Mottley in the Policy Leadership category for her powerful voice for a sustainable world from the global south.
According to UNEP, the Barbados Prime Minister is a driving force for climate action across Latin America and the Caribbean.
It observed that she had spent years campaigning against pollution, climate change, and deforestation, turning Barbados into a frontrunner in the global environmental movement.
The organisation observed that Barbados had adopted ambitious renewable energy targets under her leadership, including committing to the fossil-fuel-free electricity sector and transport by 2030.
At the same time, Barbados is implementing numerous conservation and restoration projects.
Since its inception in 2005, the annual Champions of the Earth award, the UN’s highest environmental honour, has been awarded to some of the world’s most dynamic ecological leaders.
In addition to the Barbados Prime Minister, this year’s Champions of the Earth are Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka (Uganda), Maria Kolesnikova (Kyrgyz Republic), and The Sea Women of Melanesia (Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands).