Palau's first lady, Debbie Remengesau has been honoured for her contributions and leadership in conservation and ocean stewardship.
The Crans Montana Forum's Prix de la Fondation Award was awarded to Mrs Remengesau in a ceremony at the Dakhla Congress Center in Morocco.
Her work with the Palau Legacy Project and the Palau Pledge Campaign were cited in her award by the Forum, a Swiss-based NGO working towards "a more humane world".
Mrs Remengesau is only the second person from the Pacific to win the honour following Vanuatu's late President Baldwin Lonsdale.
She was presented with her award by American Civil Rights Activist, Reverend Jesse Jackson.
Afterwards she said the award recognised the importance of women working for conservation in the interests of future generations.
"It also represents the strong influence Palauan women have in our society and how they can effect real change - not only for our future, but for the future of the entire planet," she said.