Bonn, Germany, 22 March – The finalists of the first-ever United Nations SDG Action Awards have been announced today, in recognition of the most outstanding efforts to inspire action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For a complete list of finalists go to www.sdgactionawards.org.
Organized by the United Nations SDG Action Campaign, the Awards acknowledge initiatives in seven categories: mobilizer, includer, communicator, visualizer, innovator, storyteller and connector. The winners will be announced at the SDG Action Awards Ceremony on 21 March during the second edition of the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development. The festival is the world’s annual gathering to catalyze action for the SDGs and happens in Bonn, Germany, from 21-23 March 2018.
“The challenges we are facing are huge, but in this first edition it became clear that there are people, businesses, organizations and governments creating positive change and having an exceptional impact in their communities”, said Mitchell Toomey, Global Director of the UN SDG Action Campaign.
“We need to celebrate these bold and creative change-makers, learn from them and connect them to ensure they can scale and inspire others. In this first year of the UN SDG Action Awards, we have had tight competition. All nominees should be immensely proud of what they have achieved,” added Toomey.
The Awards recognize the need to learn from change-makers from across the globe and celebrate the most impactful and innovative achievements contributing to the global sustainable development movement.
The first edition of the UN SDG Action Awards received over 740 nominations from 7 continents and 125 countries, ranging from Zambia to Fiji, from Benin to Norway. Members of different sectors of society have competed, including civil society and grassroots initiatives, public sector and municipal government projects, as well as private sector engagements. Finalists are being carefully reviewed by 12 prominent figures within the global SDG community.
The UN SDG Action Campaign is an Initiative of the UN Secretary General, with the mission of ensuring that everyone has the support, encouragement and capability to advocate and act to ensure the SDG agenda is brought to life. It recognizes and celebrates the innovators, conveners and break-through actors who are transforming lives, tackling trade-offs and generating practical solutions to some of the world’s most intractable development problems.