The 2021 international One World Award (OWA) was successfully held virtually, with the event live streamed from Legau, Germany. The OWA honours people and their projects that make the world a better place; dedicated people who give positive and innovative examples of globalisation - people who make the future worth living. At the same time IFOAM - Organics International honors persons who have dedicated their lives to promoting organic, with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
The vibrant virtual ceremony kicked off with a welcome message from Joseph Wilhelm, the initiator of the One World Award and Managing Director of Rapunzel Naturkost and Peggy Miars, the President of IFOAM - Organics International. They both stressed the need to continue supporting sustainable and innovative initiatives from all over the world; a statement that was echoed in a keynote address from German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Gerd Müller.
We got to also meet all the five winners of the OWA: Arava Institute (Israel), Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda (Mexico), Global Ecovillage Network (International/Scotland/Germany), Sustainable Agriculture (Tanzania) and Organic Denmark (Denmark).
Organic Denmark became the Grand Prix winner and were awarded 25,000 euros in recognition of their work in creating a political ecosystem that is supportive or organic in Denmark and Europe at large.
The Executive Director of IFOAM - Organics International, Louise Luttikholt, presented the Lifetime Achievement award of IFOAM - Organics International to Tomoko and Yoshinori Kaneko from the Shimosato farm in Japan. The couple have for 40 years championed the organic agriculture movement in Japan and inspired a whole village to adopt organic.
Congratulations to all the winners!