United Nations SDG Action Awards 2024 (Fully Funded to Italy)

United Nations SDG Action Awards 2024 (Fully Funded to Italy)

United Nations SDG Action Awards 2024 (Fully Funded to Italy)

Applications are now open for the 2024 UN SDG Action Awards. The UN SDG Action Awards, a signature programme of the UN SDG Action Campaign, champions initiatives and committed individuals who are wielding the power of creativity and innovation to bring us closer to a more sustainable, equitable and peaceful world.

Anyone can mobilize action and achieve impact, even in the most challenging places and times. The campaign is committed to showcasing heroes changing the world, and sending a message of hope and infinite possibilities.  

“We all have a role in shaping a world that works—where justice and rights prevail for people and planet. Our imagination has great power. What we can imagine, we can create together. The UN SDG Action Awards are a testament to the extraordinary work being done to turn these hopes into reality,” said Marina Ponti, Global Director of the UN SDG Action Campaign, during a plenary session at the C7 Summit, the Civil Society Organizations’ official engagement group of the G7.

Each year, a high-level Panel of Judges and a technical review team consider over 5,000 applications and nominations from 190 countries. They select Finalists and then the Winners.
The 2024 UN SDG Action Awards Ceremony will take place in October in Rome, Italy, featuring inspiring SDG leaders and performances by international artists, with a one-day Induction Programme that offers workshops and networking opportunities for the Finalists. One representative from each finalist initiative will be invited to attend the Ceremony in person with travel and accommodation expenses covered. The Ceremony will be broadcast through UN WebTV and on Rai, Italy’s national broadcaster and media partner of the Ceremony, reaching audiences worldwide.

About the UN SDG Action Campaign:

The UN SDG Action Campaign is a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General hosted by the Executive Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and based in Bonn, Germany. The Campaign is mandated to CONVENE, CAMPAIGN and CATALYZE CHANGE by accelerating SDG action.

The Campaign’s advocacy for change approach inspires hope and champions actions to achieve the SDGs. It calls for rethinking, recalibrating and reimagining economies and societies so that they serve people and the planet.

The 2024 UN SDG Action Award Categories are:

Creativity Award: Recognizes extraordinary campaigns that use creativity to drive SDG action, achieving measurable results by changing public perceptions, influencing policies, and shifting budgets toward more sustainable, equitable, and peaceful societies. Examples include “A White Dress Doesn’t Cover the Rape,” which led to legal reforms in Lebanon, and the “Fight Forever Chemicals Campaign,” which inspired environmental legislation.
Impact Award: Recognizes outstanding initiatives that have achieved significant measurable economic, sociocultural, institutional, environmental and/or technological impact in improving people’s lives and accelerating progress toward the SDGs, like “The Masungi Story” which stopped deforestation efforts efforts in the Philippines, and “Follow the Money,” a Nigerian project that increased public spending accountability.
Changemaker Award: Celebrates exceptional individuals making a difference in their communities and leading movements for equality, justice and human rights, such as Srishti Bakshi, who walked 3,800 km across India to raise awareness about violence against women, and Nery Santaella, who empowers Venezuelan migrants. Changemakers are identified through nominations or self-nominations.

Finalist Prize

Finalists will receive the following:

  • UN SDG Action Awards Ceremony and Finalist Induction Programme participation: One representative from each finalist initiative will be invited to attend the UN SDG Action Awards Ceremony and Finalist Induction Programme in Rome, Italy in October 2024. The one-day Induction Programme in Rome offers creative workshops, skills development sessions and networking prior to the inspiring UN SDG Action Awards Ceremony that subsequently unveils and celebrates the winners.  Flight and accommodation expenses will be covered by the UN SDG Action Campaign.
  • Global Recognition: Finalists and winners will receive international promotion and amplification through various UN platforms and beyond. 
  • Customized Trophy: Winners and finalists will each receive a prestigious trophy.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Campaigns/Initiatives must demonstrate proven results accordingly with the 2024 Categories within the last three years (thus campaigns/initiatives in the planning/conceptualization phase are not eligible).
  • Initiatives led by United Nations entities and national governments will only be considered for honorable mentions.

Selection Notification

  • All finalists will be contacted by the UN SDG Action Campaign by September 2024.

Application Deadline: 17 June 2024

Click Here to Apply Now

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