Chapter I


For the past nine years, UN Climate Change’s Momentum for Change initiative has been shining a light on global climate action by citizens, organizations, businesses and governments.

Each year, we recognize some of the most innovative and impactful action happening throughout the world. We refer to these as “Lighthouse Activities” and the Momentum for Change 2018 Annual Report highlights 15 such activities and projects.
Patricia Espinosa — UNFCCC Executive Secretary

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2018 in Brief

Learn more about our four focus areas from these influential thought leaders. In 2018, Momentum for Change had the following focus areas: Women for Results, Planetary Health, Climate Neutral Now and Financing for Climate Friendly Investment.

Narrated by

Sir David Attenborough

Momentum for Change 2018 Lighthouse Activities — Narrated by Sir David Attenborough.

2018’s four focus areas

Planetary Health

Narrated by Sir David Attenborough

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Climate Neutral Now

Narrated by Caspar Lee, Influencer

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Women for Results

Narrated by Aka Niviâna, Poet and Writer

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Financing for Climate Friendly Investment

Narrated by Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse CEO and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador

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Concrete Solutions

Momentum for Change recognized concrete solutions to address climate change in 2018. The following facts tell the story of our success.

Submissions by Pillar and State
Momentum for Change received a record total of 569 applications in 2018. Of those applications, 331 were considered eligible. From 331 applications, 15 were selected as Lighthouse Activities.

Planetary Health

184 total submissions

Climate Neutral Now

147 total submissions

Women for Results

130 total submissions

Climate Finance

108 total submissions

Submissions by Region
The eligible applications received in 2018 came from around the world, with the majority from Africa and Asia-Pacific. The 15 Lighthouse Activities reflect this geographical balance, with winners representing five continents.


79 submissions

Asia Pacific

78 submissions


38 submissions

North America

18 submissions

Latin America & Caribbean

44 submissions

Multi Region

70 submissions

Application process
A look back at the application process, from start to finish.

Overall Applications

Eligible Applications

Lighthouse Activities

Call for applications opened. Read article →
Call for applications closed.
Advisory Panel selected the Lighthouse Activities.
Lighthouse Activities announced at a special event during Climate Week in New York City. Read article →
Lighthouse Activities celebrated at the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland.

Selection Criteria

In order to be considered eligible, all 2018 activities needed to go through a selection process. Here’s the principles that have been followed.


Be scalable or replicable


Already be implemented or in the course of implementation


Address climate change mitigation or adaptation


Be innovative and/or demonstrate potential for long-term transformational change


Deliver verifiable social and environmental benefits


Not be registered as a CDM or JI activity