Those who have applied in the past to the UN SDG Action Awards are welcome to re-apply if (i) the previously submitted initiative has produced greater impact, or if (ii) if a new initiative has been designed and rolled out.

Applications for the SDG Action Zone must be submitted by 9 October 2020 at 23:59 EST at the application portal.

All sectors are encouraged to apply and nominate initiatives to the UN SDG Action Awards. However, please note that national governments, UN entities and UN SDG Action Campaign official partners are not eligible for an SDG Action Award but their efforts will be highlighted through honorable mentions – an esteemed recognition to be featured as part of this programme, at the Awards Ceremony and through associated promotion and communications.

The window for submission will run until 9 October 2020. Each submission will then be reviewed by the technical review committee and judges, with all winners being notified by November.

Each initiative will be scored for the degree to which it is considered to have an outstanding impact, an innovative or transformative approach and if it is replicable/scalable.

All winners will be notified by email by the UN SDG Action Campaign and contacted directly to plan their participation in the UN SDG Action Awards program and to build the story of their initiative.

The winners will be publicly announced at a special UN SDG Action Awards Ceremony.

Yes. You can choose to tell your story in your own language. However please note that, as with all communications concerning the awards, applications will be judged in English. Therefore translation software 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.