UN SDG

ACTION

AWARDS

CEREMONY

24 July 2023

18:30 CET

UN SDG ACTION

AWARDS CEREMONY

Join us on 24 July at 18:30 CET and tune in for the LIVE broadcast of the 2023 UN SDG Action Awards Ceremony. Finalists will be recognized, and winners will be announced, at our flagship Awards event in Rome, Italy, as we celebrate and honour SDG changemakers from around the world. 

The Awards Ceremony will also cap off the first day of the 2023 UN Food Systems Summit +2 Stocktaking Moment, hosted by the Government of Italy at the premises of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) with the collaboration of the UN’s Rome-based agencies, the UN Food Systems Coordination Hub, and the wider UN system.

MEET THE

FINALISTS

From Estonia to Brazil, to Colombia and Tanzania and reaching across the African continent, the Awards finalists show the world what it means to unite to act and make change happen for a more sustainable future for all.

SPEAKERS

& PERFORMERS

Meet our exciting line-up of speakers and performers for the UN SDG Action Awards Ceremony.

SPEAKERS

Performers

Interpreters

HOST

A WATCH PARTY

Join our live stream and host a watch party with your own partners and friends! Get inspired by leading examples of transformative SDG actions and outstanding initiatives that #FlipTheScript for people and planet.
 

OUR SUSTAINABLE

APPROACH

The 2022 UN SDG Action Awards Ceremony is keeping sustainability front and center to show the events industry that events can be produced in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

SDG solutions incorporated into our event include sustainable set-ups, working with local suppliers, eliminating single-use plastics, promoting gender equality both on and offstage, ensuring accessibility though sign language interpretation, ensuring inclusive representation across geographies and sectors, and more.

SPEAKERS &

PERFORMERS

SPEAKERS

PERFORMERS

Sign Language INTERPRETERS

TOLU OLUBUNMI

FOUNDER AND CEO, LIONS WRITE

Tolu Olubunmi is a Nigerian-born, American-raised chemical engineer turned political strategist, social entrepreneur and public speaker. She is the founder and CEO of the social impact venture, Lions Write. In 2018, Tolu was tapped by the Director-General of the UN Migration Agency (IOM) for a special appointment as Advisor to the UN Department of Global Communications and Manager of the Climate Action Campaign ActNow.  Tolu has established and led numerous NGOs and campaigns focused on education, migration, economic inclusion, sustainability, and climate change. She has worked closely with leaders in government, the private sector, and civil society to shift culture, influence public policy and build strategic and mutually beneficial partnerships – she served on the World Economic Forum’s Migration Council, co-founded Immigrant Heritage Month, and has helped draft and implement U.S. immigration policies.  

Tolu sits on the Board of Directors of the Anti-Defamation League, Board of Directors of USA for IOM. In 2015, the World Economic Forum named her one of 15 Women Changing the World and an Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur. Her inspiring personal story and work have been profiled by several media outlets, including BBC, MSNBC, TIME, CBS, US News and World Report. Tolu is an inaugural Leadership Institute Fellow at the Center for American Progress and holds a chemistry-engineering degree from Washington and Lee University. 

Ulrika Modéer

Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy (BERA) United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Ms. Ulrika Modéer officially began her role on 20 August 2018 as UNDP’s Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy. In this role she leads the organi