Frequently Asked Questions

Each submission will be evaluated against the degree to which the project meets the category and to which the actions were deemed to be innovative,  transformative and impactful.

Shortlisted finalists will be invited to join and feature their work at the SDG Global Festival of Action from 2-4 May 2019, in Bonn, Germany. Winners will be recognized at a special UN SDG Action Awards Ceremony held at the Festival on the evening of 2 May.

Winners will be recognized as SDG Action Partners and their work featured throughout the year to raise their visibility and share their stories and inspiring work with the SDG community.

Yes! Please feel free to reapply if you have done something new in the past year or if there been further impacts that you can report to strengthen your submission from last year.

Everyone is encouraged to apply. Projects led by UN entities and national governments will be eligible for honourable mentions only. However if a government or UN project is co-organized with non-governmental partners, the partners are encouraged to apply on behalf of the project.

Active participants in UN SDG Action Campaign programmes such as MYWorld, the Global Day to Act for SDGs are strongly encouraged to apply.

Projects that have been closely co-developed with the UN SDG Action Campaign or as part of a signed partnership agreement with the Campaign would not be considered eligible. If you are unsure whether you are eligible, please contact us.

All submissions will be reviewed by the UN SDG Action Campaign team. An expert judging panel will score and comment on the submissions. The panel is composed of a variety of stakeholders engaged in SDG implementation –see the 2017 awards for an example.

The window for submissions will run until 30 January 2019. The submissions will be then be reviewed by the judging panel with all shortlisted finalists being notified at the beginning of April.

Finalists will be announced publicly in late March. All finalists will be notified via email by the Campaign team and contacted directly to plan their participation at the Festival and to organise their campaign for the People’s Choice Award.

The winners will be announced at a special SDG Action Awards ceremony, at the SDG Global Festival of Action on 2 May.

After finalists are selected for each category people will have the chance to vote on the UN SDG Action Awards website for the project or initiative that they think should be recognized. The result of this online voting, the People’s Choice Award winner will be announced at the UN SDG Action Awards ceremony.

Organisations can enter into multiple categories if each entry represents a different initiative. Please do not apply for the same initiative more than once. If you are unsure which category is the best fit for your project you can identify up to one additional category in your explanation of how your project fits the category. The entry will be assessed under the category for which it is deemed to be the best fit by the reviewers to give it the greatest chance of success.

Yes – every contribution towards achieving the SDGs is valuable and important, and we want to ensure that all initiatives are showcased. Therefore all submissions are given profiles on the SDG Action Awards website.

Yes. You can choose to tell your story in your own language. However please note that applications will be judged and all communications about the awards will be in English. Therefore google translate will be used if necessary, subject to the language skills of reviewers. Please feel free to share supporting videos in your language. Click here for guidance on how to add subtitles to your video.

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