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The UN SDG Action Awards are inviting applications from SDG advocacy changemakers from across the globe to submit innovative, impactful and transformative initiatives that actively advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Entries are to be submitted into any 1 of the following 7 categories:

  • Mobilizer – for initiatives that engage people in actions with a deeper investment of time than simple awareness raising actions. Examples of mobilisation include: collective or coordinated actions across cities/countries, series of SDG workshops, engaging communities in joint programmes or activities, large public demonstrations, and more. The winner will be the project or team that demonstrates the greatest successes with mobilizing individuals, volunteers or networks for collective action for the SDGs.
  • Storyteller – This category is focused on powerfully communicating about the inter-connectivity of the issues underpinning the goals – with bonus points for explicit references to the SDGs.  Different mediums for storytelling could include new media such as virtual or augmented reality, films, photo stories, cartoons, illustrations, performance.
  • Campaigner – for campaigns where messaging appeals to broader or different audiences, who are not already aware of SDGs or supportive of the goals.
  • Visualizer – focus is on projects where complex concepts become readily understandable by visually presenting information in a compelling way. These may be animations or infographics which have reached a large or different audience, or form powerful reporting tools to governments.
  • Connector – for events that connect stakeholders and projects that creatively harness commitments or actions from different community members or stakeholders, e.g., apps to trade skills/time or provide information for sustainable actions.
  • Includer – focus is on civic empowerment more than on SDG implementation, e.g., initiatives that engage marginalized populations in SDG decision-making.
  • Creative – includes artist expressions such as performance (song, theatre, dance, spoken word), art installations, paintings, poetry, animation, etc. While creativity will be an element in many categories, this category focuses more on the process of engaging and empowering people in the SDGs through creative arts, rather than on the resulting story or message itself.


Shortlisted finalists will be invited to join and feature their work at the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development that will be held from 2 to 4 May 2019, in Bonn, Germany. The winners will be presented at a special Awards Ceremony held at the Festival on the evening of 2 May. The winning initiatives and projects will be highlighted throughout the year as an inspiration and role model to the growing global community of SDG leaders, decision-makers and influencers.

There will also be a People’s Choice Award, for the project or initiative chosen by public votes from online voting.


Applicants can be individuals, civil society organizations, sub-national governments, foundations, networks, the private sector and others who are SDG mobilizers, storytellers, campaigners, connectors, visualisers, includers or creatives from anywhere in the world.

Projects led by UN entities and national governments will be eligible for honourable mentions only. But where government or UN projects are co-organized with non-governmental partners, the partners are encouraged to apply on behalf of the projects. 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 are not eligible.

Mobilizer – Entries should be projects or teams that demonstrates the greatest successes with mobilizing individuals, volunteers or networks for collective action for the SDGs.

Storyteller – Entries should be impactful or innovative projects that capture powerful human stories to help communicate the inter-connectedness of the SDGs in people’s lives through different mediums.

Campaigner – Entries should be impactful or innovative communications campaigns (local, national or international) to raise public awareness about the SDGs and/or people’s role in SDG action.

Visualizer – Entries should be impactful or innovative initiatives using visual or creative representations of data to influence decision-makers and the public of the importance of the SDGs.

Connector – Entries must be teams or projects that demonstrate innovative or impactful ways to engage multiple stakeholders or build networks to generate the transformational change needed to make the SDGS a reality.

Includer – Entries should be projects or groups that make the most innovative and impactful efforts to ensure that excluded groups become part of the SDG dialogue and decision-making in their community or at international levels.

Creative – Entries should be impactful or innovative initiatives that harness artistic expression to spur SDG action and awareness through creativity, empowering and connecting people.


Applications are to be done online by 30 January 2019.

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