Each year, the UN SDG Action Awards identify and celebrate SDG advocates and changemakers from civil society organizations, grass-roots groups, local governments, social impact start-ups and businesses from around the world. The aim: Shine the spotlight on the most transformative and impactful SDG actions. The 2020 Awards will recognize outstanding SDG initiatives under 3 categories:
- Mobilize: Empowering and activating people in large numbers
- Inspire: Capturing hearts and minds to drive change
- Connect: Linking stakeholders for action
The winners will be announced at a special Awards Ceremony held at UN HQ during the high-level opening of the UN General Assembly in September, and their initiatives and projects are highlighted throughout the year as an inspiration and role model to the growing global community of SDG leaders, decision-makers and influencers.
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. Last year, the SDG Action Awards attracted more than 2000 applications from 142 countries. From these 21 finalists were selected as the top mobilizers, storytellers, campaigners, connectors, visualizers, includers and creatives, building a global movement for the SDGs.