The Earthshot Prize is part of the Royal Foundation of the Prince and Princess of Wales.
It’s purpose is to find ‘extraordinary solutions to the world’s greatest environmental challenges.’ The Earthshot Prize is awarded to five winners each year for their commitment to environmentalism.
‘It is an honour to welcome Jacinda to The Earthshot Prize team,’ said Prince William in a statement.
‘Her life-long commitment to supporting sustainable and environmental solutions, along with her experience as Prime Minister of New Zealand, will bring a rich infusion of new thinking to our mission.
‘Four years ago, before The Earthshot Prize even had a name, Jacinda was one of the first people I spoke to, and her encouragement and advice was crucial to the prize’s early success.
‘I am hugely grateful to her for joining us as she takes the next steps in her career.’
The announcement today follows Ardern’s appointment by Prime Minister Chris Hipkins as ‘Special Envoy for the Christchurch Call.’
Ardern will be at parliament for the final time tomorrow in her capacity as an MP, when she will deliver her valedictory speech. She was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 2017 until her resignation on 19 January this year. Her reign was marked by controversy during the COVID pandemic, culminating in one of New Zealand’s largest protest’s at Parliament Buildings in Wellington in February and March 2022.