Announced on Tuesday 13 December 2022 (16:00 EAT).

Countries have promised to revive 1 billion hectares of land and coasts – an area larger than China. But where are the global restoration success stories? Watch the Virtual Announcement Gala to meet the UN’s first ten World Restoration Flagships – the most ambitious, promising, and inspirational examples of making peace with nature. The first World Restoration Flagships stretch across 23 countries and all ecosystems. Has your country joined the race for restoration? What will you restore?

Relive the Virtual Gala from here, and hear from our celebrity correspondents, experts, special music acts, and restoration leaders directly from our planet’s frontiers of hope. The Gala included never-before-seen video footage and voices from restoration leaders at 10 flagship sites.

The ten selected Flagship Initiatives were launched at the margins of the high-level segment of the United Nations Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP15) during Restoration Day on 13 December


  • Inger Andersen

    Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme 
  • Maria Helena Semedo

    Deputy Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization 
  • Dr. Jane Goodall

    Primatologist and United Nations Messenger of Peace 
  • Jason Momoa

    Actor, UN Environment Programme Advocate for Life Below Water 
  • Edward Norton

    Actor, Conservationist, UN Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity 
  • Ellie Goulding

    Singer & Songwriter, UN Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassador 
  • Filipe Toledo

    World Surf League Championship Tour Surfer and 2022 World Champion 
  • Frida Amani

    Hip-Hop Artist, Environmentalist, Media Personality 
  • Massimo Bottura

    Chef, Food Systems Activist, UN Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassador 
  • Li Bingbing

    Actress, UN Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassador for China 
  • Sir Partha Dasgupta

    Economist and UN Champion of the Earth 
  • Nimsdai Purja

    UN Environment Programme Mountain Hero 
  • Gary Bencheghib

    River activist and influencer 
  • Bastille

    A special announcement and music video by the band and restoration supporters
  • Julian Marley

    A music video premiere by the musician, producer and humanitarian 

Hosted by National Geographic presenter and wildlife filmmaker Malaika Vaz


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