The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals was a watershed moment of hope and urgency. For the first time, the world gained a universal development agenda by, with and for the people, shaped by the most participatory process in the history of the United Nations. The agenda commits to the essentials that every human being needs, now and in the future, from health to decent work, to clean air, to reliable institutions.

The current global health crisis is a sober reminder of the need for coordinated responses that leave no one behind as the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development explicitly outlines. Taking climate action, providing access to healthcare and quality food, ensuring that all children have access to education, and protecting the most vulnerable is more important than ever.

It is possibly the only way forward.

Now, more than ever, we need hope, we need solidarity, we need creative and transformative solutions to see this crisis through together. That’s why the UN SDG Action Campaign is launching the third edition of the UN SDG Action Awards program to identify and celebrate outstanding initiatives from around the world that can accelerate action towards the achievement of the Goals, whilst inspiring the growing international SDG Action community to accelerate change for people and the planet.

The UN SDG Action Awards are organized by the UN SDG Action Campaign, a special inter-agency initiative of the UN Secretary General mandated to scale up, broaden and sustain the global movement of action for the SDGs. Since 2018, the UN SDG Action Awards have attracted more than 2750 applications from 142 countries. 64 initiatives, from transmedia series illustrating the impact of climate change, to youth theatre and poetry programmes addressing taboos on sexual and reproductive health or blockchain platforms connecting entrepreneurs from among the world’s poorest to clean up ocean plastic, have been honored for their contribution to accelerating action towards the Goals.

The 2020 edition is seeking creative, scalable and transformative initiatives worldwide that:

MOBILIZE

LARGE NUMBERS OF INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS TO TAKE ACTION FOR THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE GOALS; WHILST BUILDING COALITIONS ACROSS COMMUNITIES AND SOCIETIES

INSPIRE

PEOPLE TO SHIFT BEHAVIORS AND POLICIES FOR THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE GOALS; WHILST PROMOTING THE VALUES OF HOPE AND SOLIDARITY

CONNECT

PARTNERS TO INCREASE PROGRESS ON THE GOALS, WHILST STRENGTHENING DIALOGUE AND TRUST BETWEEN PEOPLE AND INSTITUTIONS AT ALL LEVELS.

SPECIAL CALL: THE SOLIDARITY AWARD

In the midst of the global health crisis, we see strong examples of solidarity among people everywhere. Acts of kindness and solidarity are burgeoning, helping neighborhoods, communities, and people everywhere to adapt to the new norm.

The SOLIDARITY AWARD will honor the most heartwarming and impactful acts of humanity that improve the lives of others, inspire resilience, and lift hopes in the ongoing global health crisis.

From local heroes, to stories from the other side of the world, nominations can come from everyone, everywhere.