Winners of the first United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Action Awards announced

The Awards Ceremony honored winners in seven categories during the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development in Bonn, Germany, highlighting transformative action for the SDGs around the world

March 21, 2018 (Bonn) – The winners of the first United Nations SDG Action Awards have been announced this Wednesday by the UN SDG Action Campaign, demonstrating the extraordinary momentum towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in different corners of the earth.

See photos of the Awards Ceremony

The Awards Ceremony was held in tandem with the second edition of the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development in Bonn, Germany, and honored initiatives in the categories of communicator, connector, includer, innovator, mobilizer, storyteller, and visualizer.

“These are ‘Action’ Awards because we need more than words: our winners dared to believe and act for change. They are perfect examples of the wonderful work that’s happening around the world led by thousands, if not millions, of people”, said Mitchell Toomey, Global Director of the UN SDG Action Campaign.

The winning initiatives are fighting corruption in Nigeria, mobilizing Belgians to implement the SDGs in their daily lives, empowering children through photography and digital skills in Bangladesh, promoting human rights education in Sri Lanka and much more. Evidencing the multi-sectoral engagement to achieve the SDGs, the winners span over private and public sectors, as well as civil society and grassroots movements.

Over 700 nominations from 125 countries in 7 continents were submitted. An expert judging panel evaluated submissions against the degree to which actions were deemed to be transformative, inclusive and impactful.

In addition, an open vote was held on the website of the UN SDG Action Campaign where visitors could rate their favorite among the 38 finalists to win the People’s Choice Award.

“Great solutions for the world’s challenges can come from anywhere. We hope everyone is inspired by these stories and consider submitting their nominations for future Awards. These are the first winners of a community that will continue to grow”, said Toomey.

ABOUT THE UN SDG ACTION CAMPAIGN

The UN SDG Action Campaign is a special initiative of the UN-Secretary General, administered by the UNDP to create awareness about the 2030 Agenda, empower and inspire people across the world to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while generating political will, and help make the Goals attainable by 2030. For more information, please visit http://sdgactioncampaign.org.

ABOUT THE GLOBAL FESTIVAL OF ACTION

The Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development is the world´s annual event to celebrate, empower, and connect the global community driving Action for the Sustainable Development Goals.

Organised by the UN SDG Action Campaign with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Festival connects an inspiring mix of business leaders, activists, UN representatives, academia, governments, innovators, global organisations, and the media from across the globe. Taking place in Bonn each year, the Festival provides a dynamic and interactive space to showcase the latest innovations, tools, and approaches to SDG action and connect organizations and individuals from different sectors and regions to exchange, build partnerships, and make the impact of their solutions scale.

Eine UN Konferenz wie keine andere: Leaders aus der ganzen Welt zeigen beim zweiten Global Festival of Action wie man Nachhaltigkeit umsetzt

Als ganz neues Format einer Konferenz der Vereinten Nationen wird das Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development die neuesten Innovationen, Werkzeuge und Herangehensweisen vorstellen, die zur Erreichung der Nachhaltigen Entwicklungsziele beitragen können. Vom 21. bis 23. März 2018 wird es in Bonn Schlüsselakteure für nachhaltige Entwicklung zusammenführen.

Ausgerichtet wird diese zweite Ausgabe des Globalen Festivals erneut von der Kampagne der Vereinten Nationen für die Nachhaltigen Entwicklungsziele, unterstützt vom Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung. Das Festival ist nicht nur zahlenmäßig größer geworden, sondern auch mit Blick auf geographische und inklusive Teilhabe. Über 3.300 Anmeldungen aus 150 Ländern liegen vor. Über 1.000 Teilnehmende werden in Bonn dabei sein.

„Die Welt steht vor unglaublichen Herausforderungen. Doch zum ersten Mal gibt es auch einen innovativen Plan zu ihrer Bewältigung. Allerdings können wir als Vereinte Nationen das nicht alleine schaffen, sondern nur mit der Teilhabe und dem Engagement aller. Deshalb sind wir so froh darüber, dass es uns erneut gelingt, sehr unterschiedliche Schlüsselakteure aus Regierungen, Zivilgesellschaften, Organisationen der Vereinten Nationen, Städten, der Wirtschaft und der Wissenschaft in diesem dynamischen, inklusiven und innovativen Festival zusammenzubringen“, sagte der Weltdirektor der Kampagne zu den Nachhaltigen Entwicklungszielen, Mitchell Toomey.

„Weite Teile der Nachhaltigkeitsbewegung haben uns dabei unterstützt, diese zweite Ausgabe des Festivals auf die Beine zu stellen. In einem offenen Bewerbungsprozess flossen die Stimmen einer großen Vielfalt von Mitwirkenden in eine Plattform ein, in der sie sich in die Gestaltung der Veranstaltung einbringen konnten“, sagte Toomey. Weiterhin fügte er an, dass über 140 Programmbeteiligte ihre Erkenntnisse in rund 50 inhaltsstarke Programmpunkte und Workshops einbringen.

UN SDG Action Awards/Verleihung der Auszeichnung für Engagement für die SDGs

Eine weitere Neuerung im Festival 2018 ist die Auszeichnungszeremonie zur Verleihung der SDG-Preise. Zum ersten Mal werden hier Einzelpersonen, Organisationen, Gestalter des Wandels in ihrem Engagement gewürdigt, die sich erfolgreich der Herausforderung der SDGs stellen.

Eingebettet in das Festival, wird die Zeremonie zur Bühne für herausragende Innovatoren, Menschen, die andere mobilisieren, Netzwerker, Geschichtenerzähler, Bildschaffende und Einbeziehende aus aller Welt. Diese Menschen und Organisationen zu würdigen, von ihnen zu lernen und sie in ihrer Arbeit zu unterstützen, ist Sinn der Auszeichnung. Mehr als 700 Bewerbungen aus allen Kontinenten gingen ein und wurden von einer Expertenjury sorgfältig gesichtet.

Das Programm

Das in diesem Jahr neu konzipierte Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development greift viele Formate des vorausgegangenen Global Festival of Ideas auf, setzt aber weitaus stärkere Akzente auf konkretes Handeln und den Aufbau von Partnerschaften zur Umsetzung der Nachhaltigen Entwicklungsziele.

Das Hauptprogramm umfasst fünf Schlüsselthemen: innovative Herangehensweisen, Engagement von Bürgerinnen und Bürgern, Kommunikation der SDGs, Mobilisierung zum Handeln und gemeinschaftliches Handeln vieler Akteure.

Erlebnisorientierte Angebote wie virtuelle Realitäten, Workshops, Mitmachaktionen und eine bahnbrechende Auswahl von Filmen runden das Programm ab. Über das eigentliche Programm hinaus bietet das sogenannte SDG-Studio eine Reihe von kurzen, pointierten Talkrunden, Mehrgenerationeninterviews und Diskussionen während des gesamten Festivals.

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Registrierung und mehr Informationen

Weitere Informationen finden Sie auf der Internetseite des Festivals, bei Facebook, Twitter und Instagram. Der offizielle Hashtag ist #SDGglobalfest.

Wenn Sie über das Event berichten möchten, geht es hier zur  Presseakkreditierung. Sollten Sie nicht persönlich teilnehmen können, finden Sie Live-Streams bei UN Web TV.

Über das Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development

Das Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Devevlopment ist das jährliche, weltweite Event, das die globale Nachhaltigkeitsbewegung zusammenbringt, feiert, stärkt und verbindet.

Organisiert von der Kampagne der Vereinten Nationen zur Umsetzung der SDGs und unterstützt vom Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung, bringt das Festival eine inspirierende Mischung von Führungskräften aus der Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft und Regierung mit Aktivistinnen und Aktivisten, Innovationsvorreitern, globalen Organisationen und Medien aus aller Welt zusammen.
Jedes Jahr auf’s Neue schafft das Festival in Bonn einen dynamischen und interaktiven Raum für neueste Innovationen, Werkzeuge und Herangehensweisen zur Umsetzung der SDGs. Es baut Brücken zwischen Organisationen und Einzelpersonen aus verschiedensten Fachbereichen und Weltregionen und fördert Austausch, den Aufbau von Partnerschaften und die Verbreitung wirksamer Lösungsansätze.

Über die Kampagne der Vereinten Nationen für die Nachhaltigen Entwicklungsziele

Die Kampagne der Vereinten Nationen für die Nachhaltigen Entwicklungsziele (UN SDG Action Campaign) ist eine besondere Initiative des Generalsekretärs der Vereinten Nationen. Sie ist der Abteilung für Öffentlichkeitsarbeit der Vereinten Nationen zugeordnet und soll zum einen Bewusstsein für die Agenda 2030 schaffen, zum anderen Menschen in aller Welt inspirieren und bestärken in ihren Bemühungen zur Umsetzung der SDGs. Die Kampagne wirbt auch für eine Politikgestaltung, die eine Umsetzung der Ziele bis 2030 zu ermöglichen hilft.

Weitere Informationen finden Sie unter http://sdgactioncampaign.org.

Join the Festival via live-stream

If you’re not able to attend this year, no worries! You can still get inspired by our incredible speakers and participants.

  • All plenary sessions and contributions to the SDG Studio will be live streamed by UN Web TV. The live-stream will also be available on this website.
  • Follow the hashtag #SDGglobalFest and our accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for live material and behind-the-scenes coverage.
  • A team of content creators will be in the hunt for exciting stories to share with our digital audience.

We hope to meet you in person at the next Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development!

Finalists announced for first-ever United Nations SDG Action Awards

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.

See the full list of finalists

Images of all the finalists

A UN conference like no other: Global and local leaders in sustainability gather at the second Global Festival of Action

A UN conference like no other: Global and local leaders in sustainability gather at the second Global Festival of Action

The festival hosted by the UN SDG Action Campaign brings together business leaders, governments, activists, and innovators from all world regions to inspire action for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 21-23 March

Bonn, Germany, 20 February – A new type of United Nations gathering – the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development – will showcase the latest innovations, tools, and approaches to the achievement of the SDGs and connect the key players of sustainable development in Bonn, Germany, this year from 21-23 March.

Hosted by the UN SDG Action Campaign with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the second edition of the festival has grown not only in size but also in representation and inclusiveness. More than 1,000 participants from over 150 countries will attend the event.

“The world is facing tremendous challenges, and for the first time there is an innovative plan to solve them. But we can’t do this alone, we need everyone to be part of it. We are very excited to once more bring together different key players from governments, civil society, UN agencies, cities, business, and academia in this dynamic, inclusive and innovative festival”, said the Global Director of the UN SDG Action Campaign, Mitchell Toomey.

“The SDG community at large has helped co-create this year’s edition. An open application process has provided a voice and platform for a variety of stakeholders to contribute shaping the event” said Toomey, adding that more than 140 speakers will share their insights at around 50 substantive sessions and workshops.

UN SDG Action Awards

Another big novelty of 2018’s Festival is the UN SDG Action Awards Ceremony, which is being held for the first time to celebrate individuals, organizations and change-makers around the planet rising up to the challenge of implementing the SDGs.

Held in tandem with the festival, the ceremony is a platform to recognize some of the greatest innovators, mobilisers, connectors, storytellers, communicators, visualisers and includers from across the globe, learn from them and help them thrive. More than 700 applications from all continents were received and are being carefully reviewed by an expert judging panel.

The program

The recently rebranded Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development delivers a multitude of formats also present at its predecessor, the Global Festival of Ideas, but this time with a stronger focus on action and partnership building to implement the SDGs.

This year’s main program revolves around five main key themes: innovative approaches, citizen engagement, communicating the SDGs, mobilising action, and multi-stakeholder engagement.

Various immersive festival experiences including a virtual reality zone, workshops, demo sessions and a groundbreaking film selection round up the program. Adding up to the regular sessions, the SDG Studio presents short and snappy talks, cross-generational interviews and discussions throughout the course of the Festival.

Notes to editors:

Registrations and more information

To attend the event as a member of the press, register for a press accreditation until the 20th of March.
The Festival will be webcast on http://webtv.un.org/

For more information and live streams during the event, please visit the page of the festival and the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. The official hashtag for the event is #SDGglobalfest.

 

ABOUT THE GLOBAL FESTIVAL OF ACTION

The Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development is the world´s annual event to celebrate, empower, and connect the global community driving Action for the Sustainable Development Goals.

Organised by the UN SDG Action Campaign with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Festival connects an inspiring mix of business leaders, activists, UN representatives, academia, governments, innovators, global organisations, and the media from across the globe. Taking place in Bonn each year, the Festival provides a dynamic and interactive space to showcase the latest innovations, tools, and approaches to SDG action and connect organizations and individuals from different sectors and regions to exchange, build partnerships, and make the impact of their solutions scale.
http://globalfestivalofaction.org/

ABOUT THE UN SDG ACTION CAMPAIGN

The UN SDG Action Campaign is a special initiative of the UN-Secretary General, administered by the UNDP to create awareness about the 2030 Agenda, empower and inspire people across the world to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while generating political will, and help make the Goals attainable by 2030. For more information, please visit http://sdgactioncampaign.org.

For more info, download the Festival Press kit.

For images, please visit the Festival photo gallery.

For interviews and inquiries, please contact:

Marta Rojas
marta@sdgactioncampaign.org
T: + 49 (0) 228 8152 683

Priscila Jordão
priscila@sdgactioncampaign.org

media@globalfestivalofaction.org

The numbers will keep growing!

Last March, the Global Festival of Action boasted 800+ participants, 80+ countries represented, 139 speakers, 50+ sessions, 8 VR films and showcased 20 innovations. These numbers will keep growing in 2018!

At the moment, more than 1,600 participants have completed their registrations for getting a spot in the second edition of the world’s most inspiring SDG gathering.

Our goal is to make the event even more diverse and dynamic this year, with several options of immersive and hands-on experiences in parallel with the regular sessions. Check out the program overview and a list of our fabulous festival experiences.

Registrations are open until next week- don’t miss the chance to join us and connect with other change-makers!

What to expect

Expect some critical insights, powerful keynote speakers, deep-dive immersive and interactive small-group sessions in the next festival.

You can start organising your schedule by browsing our program overview. Sessions revolve around five core themes:

  • Innovation approaches
  • Citizen Engagement
  • Communicating the SDGs
  • Mobilising action
  • Multi-stakeholder engagement

Sessions and other festival experiences were co-created by the SDG community at large, so you can expect a lot of diversity!

The program of our live-stage, the SDG Studio, is also coming soon.

 

Download the Festival app

Please remember to download the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development event app before you travel to Bonn!

The app will act as your passport to the event and allow you to connect and chat with other attendees, schedule 1-2-1 meetings, see the venue map, browse the list of speakers, see the full program, create your own schedule and more.

Download the app on Google Play or Apple App Store.
To log in, use the same email address and password you provided in the Festival registration form. If you don’t remember the password, use the ‘Forgot Password’ link on the app.