Rational of the OWA jury for its decisions


The shortlist of the five candidates impressed the jury who confirmed the winners and selected the Grand Prix laureate anonymously and with sensitive deliberation. The jury decided to give the highest OWA recognition to two winners who are both best case projects and successful at an equal level. The United World Colleges in Freiburg and Pune as well as Honourable Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling from Sikkim both merit to be Grand Prix laureates. The jury also decided to differentiate no longer between silver and gold awards. All five finalists deserve to be celebrated as OWA-winners.

Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling


Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling had the courage to do the “unthinkable”. Declaring agrochemicals and GMO illegal and converting a whole (federal) state to organic cultivation is unrivalled in the world. He and his team of scientists and advisors motivated 65.000 farmers to convert to organic farming. He is a fantastic example what can be achieved when vision, dedication and the focus on a very ambitious goal come together. The jury sends with this choice not only a signal, but also appeals to the political leaders of the world to follow the successful example of Sikkim and to contribute their share to create an ALL ORGANIC world.

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United World Colleges


The United World Colleges in Freiburg and Pune impressed the jury not only with their vision and mission that resemble remarkably well the OWA objectives and are in part even identical with them. The intercultural activities and the commitment to sustainability at UWC-campuses are unique. With its decision, the jury sends a clear message that the dynamic energy and creativity of the young generation is instrumental for the necessary paradigm shifts and will be crucial factors for making this world a better place.

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