The 13 initiatives were honoured at a special ceremony filled with powerful photos, inspirational videos and a lively musical performance.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at the ceremony, telling the room that this is his favourite event at the annual climate conference.
"I am consistently impressed by the ingenuity of the winners," said Mr. Ban. "They show innovation at its best."
Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse CEO and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador, served as the evening's Master of Ceremonies.
M. Sanjayan, a conservation scientist, writer and Emmy-nominated television news contributor, introduced two artists who performed live readings of Conservation International's critically acclaimed Nature is Speaking series. Moroccan singer Asma Lmnawar performed a reading of the Arabic version of Home. Hollywood actor Lee Pace gave a live reading of Mountain.
Connect4Climate also participated in our showcase event to highlight the importance of citizen participation in addressing climate change. Its Film4Climate 1st Prize Short Film Winner, Three Seconds, was screened at the event, with brief remarks by its director Spencer Sharp and by Fernando Meirelles, film director, producer and screenwriter.
One by one, the winning activities were called up on the stage to be celebrated for their remarkable solutions that are accelerating the global transition to a low-carbon, highly resilient development path.
Watch our Video Series Showcasing the 2016 Winners
Watch the videos below to learn a little bit more about the 2016 Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities in each of our three focus areas - women's leadership, climate finance and information and communications technology.