MADRID (AP) — The U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Accord panel have been awarded Spain's Princess of Asturias award for international cooperation.
Award organizers said Wednesday the prize was awarded for "more than two decades of work aimed at reducing man*s role in the increase of the earth's temperature" that led to the historic 2016 Paris accord among 195 countries.
The Paris Agreement was a major breakthrough in U.N. climate negotiations, which for years were slowed by disputes between rich and poor countries over who should do what.
The 50,000-euro ($57,000) award is one of eight Asturias prizes handed out yearly by a foundation named for Crown Princess Leonor. Other categories include the arts, sport and scientific research.
The Internet encyclopedia service Wikipedia won the 2015 international cooperation prize.