Unveiling the 21 Finalists of the 2019 UN SDG Action Awards!

The UN SDG Action Awards recognize individuals, civil society organizations, subnational governments, foundations, networks, and private sector leaders who are advancing the global movement for the Sustainable Development Goals in the most transformative, impactful and innovative way.

This year, the selection process has been harder than ever with more than 2000 excellent applications from 142 countries. Now a judging panel of + 20 leaders will select one winner per category out of the 3 finalists. You can have a role and like & share your favourites to win the People’s Choice Award

Meet the 2019 #SDGAwards Finalists!

VISUALIZERS
Using visual or creative representations of data to influence decision-makers and the public of the importance of the SDGs

Unequal Scenes — Cape Town, South Africa
A drone-based art project showing people the radical divisions that inequality engenders around the world

Safecity: Crowdmap for sexual violence — Mumbai, India
A platform that crowdsources personal stories of sexual harassment and abuse in public spaces to empower women and strengthen policing

SDG-Portal for Municipalities — Gütersloh, Germany
Visualising progress on SDGs in cities through easy to use indicators

STORYTELLERS
Capturing powerful human stories to help communicate the interconnectedness of the SDGs in people’s lives through different mediums

The owners of water — Lima, Peru
An investigative series that reveals the degree of inequality in both access and distribution of water within indigenous communities

The backway: from Africa to Europe — Barcelona, Spain
A visual transmedia project illustrating the main African migratory routes from West and East Africa to Europe

Humans & Climate Change Stories — Lausanne, Switzerland
An immersive multimedia form of storytelling following the impact of Climate Change on 12 families’ lives in different countries over 10 years

MOBILIZERS
Mobilizing individuals, organizations or networks for collective action for the SDGs

Follow the Money — Abuja, Nigeria
An initiative that shows and tracks national governments’ and foreign assistance spending to empower citizens – including marginalized communities- to hold governments to account for their commitments

2030 Youth Force in the Philippines — Quezon, Philippines
A nationwide mobilization of thousands of young people, aged between 15 and 30, raising awareness on the Agenda 2030 whilst building the next generation of leaders for the SDGs

Sustainable Turn (VS) — São Paulo, Brasil
City-wide creative festivals for the SDGs (9 cities across Brazil) mobilizing 7.2 million participants and reaching out to more than 100 million people in 2018

CREATIVES
Harnessing artistic expression to spur SDG Action and awareness through creativity, empowering and connecting people

My Earth Songs: Songs for Children on Sustainability — Bangalore, India
27 SDG songs for children created by the Grammy Award Winner Ricky Kej and being used by thousands of schools reaching more than 5 million kids

Our Sustainability: A Reminder Through Interactive Experience -Subang Jaya, Malaysia
An interactive experience designed by the multimedia school The One Academy to bring the SDG awareness to commercial malls

Make Art / Stop AIDS: Youth — Zomba, Malawi
Youth theatre and poetry programmes addressing taboos on sexual and reproductive health in a country with extremely high HIV rates

INCLUDERS
Ensuring that excluded groups become part of the SDG dialogue and decision making in their community or at international levels. Leave No One Behind!

African Monitor: Citizen’s Report—Cape Town, South Africa
Youth groups capturing data to lead citizen monitoring initiatives and hold governments to account on SDGs progress

ALMAJIRI Child Education and Social Inclusion — Abuja, Nigeria
Breaking religious and cultural barriers to ensure inclusive education to millions of street children

Transforming Lives Make Senses for Everyone — United Kingdom
A campaign showcasing the transformative legacy of the London 2012 Paralympics:1 million more people with disabilities in Great Britain finding jobs

CONNECTORS
Engaging multiple stakeholders or building networks to generate the transformational change needed to make the SDGs a reality

The plastic bank — Haiti, Philippines and USA
IBM blockchain platform connects recycling entrepreneurs from amongst the world’s poorest to clean up ocean plastic, tackle poverty and advance circular economy

NYC Voluntary Local Review of the Sustainable Development Goals — New York, USA
The first city in the world to report to the UN on local progress on SDGs through a Voluntary Local Review (VLR)

Italian Sustainable Development Festival 2018 — Rome, Italy
A nation-wide movement across all sectors of Italian society, to disseminate a culture of sustainability through 800+ events in 17 days

CAMPAIGNERS
Local, national and international communications campaign to raise public awareness about the SDGs and people’s role in SDG action

A White Dress Doesn’t Cover the Rape #Undress522 — Beirut, Lebanon
A provocative national campaign that led to the repeal of Article 522, the infamous law allowing rapists to avoid prosecution by marrying their victims

The #RunningDry movement — Cape Town, South Africa
One woman takes on 100 marathons in 100 days for 1 reason: to win the global water crisis

Integrity Idol: “Naming and Faming” Honest Government Officials — Islamabad, Pakistan
Nationally broadcasted contests to identify and reward honest government officials as role models of integrity and personal responsibility

The 21 Finalists’ initiatives show how innovation, creativity and commitment can lead to impactful SDG actions around the world. These initiatives serve as an inspiration to the growing community of SDG change-makers and influencers taking action for the Goals. The winner of each category, along with the People’s Choice Award, will be announced at the SDG Action Awards Ceremony, on 2 May 2019 at 18:00 CET at the SDG Global Festival of Action.

Join the movement and watch the winners receive their prize in person on via live broadcast on UN WebTV: http://webtv.un.org/

Meet the 2019 #SDGAwards Finalists!

SDG Action Digest March!!🎉 Your monthly news from the #SDG global movement

ACTION OF THE MONTH:

Taking action in your community and/or workplace can be simple. Check out UN Women’s HeForShe Action Kit – to promote and support equality in your workplace.

 

Mobilize

The SDG Global Festival of Action program is LIVE! Panel discussions on the roadmap towards the achievement of the SDG, interactive sessions, inspirational keynotes, workshop, SDG Action trainings, SDG games, performances and more to step up SDG Action. Secure your place at the Festival to join the conversation and the SDG community.

Join the Festival!

Only 5 weeks to go before the SDG Global Festival of Actionstarts. We’ve got a packed program with high level panel discussion on the transformative changes required to make the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development a reality, workshops, interactive sessions, SDG actions training, exhibits. There will also be an SDG Action Studio, an SDG Film selection and other creative initiatives to inspire citizens’ action for the SDGs… Be part of the #SDGglobalFest-ival! 

Connect

5 inspiring stories behind the ASEAN MY World 2030 Programme

A group of young SDGs Advocates in the ASEAN region share their experiences promoting the MYWorld survey to raise awareness on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Their stories will be featured at the upcoming ASEAN Summit (27 – 29 March) on the last day of the Sixth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development. Discover how thehave impacted their communities!

MYWorld 360 community continues to grow, learn and create. Submit by 1 April! 

These are the last days to submit your MY World 360° media (in any language) and be part of the Global Festival of Action in Bonn, Germany. Students and creative change-makers from all over the world have been working together to share ideas, human stories on the Story Pitch Forum and Rough Cut Forum in the MY World 360º Educator Community.

Inspire

10 initiatives to advance #GenderEquality

For International Women’s Day, we have highlighted 10 initiatives from the SDG community that are empowering girls and women to action and make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality. Read more and share their successful stories. 

WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING?

SDG Action in Brussels with the Young People Programme

To show their local leaders what was needed to make their city safer, 14 teenagers took to the streets of Brussels with cameras to highlight how lack of both gender equality in public spaces and safety at night were tangible concerns. Their work was showcased by Plan International in Belgium through the Young People Programme. Read about the “Our safe cities” project.

Ocean Film Tour 6th Edition #Act4SDGs

The International Ocean Film Tour partnered with the SDG Action Campaign to feature the most inspiring ocean adventures, water sports activities and environmental movies of the year, aiming at raising awareness on the SDG. Find out more about the festival!

Highlights from the SDG Action Campaign team

The SDG Action Campaign team is getting ready for the Festival! 

Passionate and committed volunteers have joined the team to help us in the final preparatory phase towards the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development. You’ll meet them soon! 

Find out more stories of @SDGAction and share yours with the SDG Community on FacebookTwitterInstagramand LinkedIn.

Help us scale up, broaden and sustain the global movement of action to transform the world! 

5 stories behind the ASEAN MY World 2030 Programme

A group of young SDGs Advocates in the ASEAN region share their experiences being volunteers for the MYWorld survey to raise awareness about the 2030 agenda. Their report and achievements will be presented at the ASEAN Summit on the last day of the Sixth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development.

Youth advocates from Cambodia, Brunei, Thailand, Singapore, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia take action for the SDGs! Between June 2018 and March 2019, a total of 60 local events were organized in 9 countries, reaching over 10,000 people. Students, youth, volunteer-based organizations, representatives from marginalized groups and at-risk populations had their say on the SDGs.

These unstoppable SDG Advocates dedicated between 100-120 hours/month organizing SDG workshops and Youth Forums on SDGs, partnering with their universities and inviting students, academia and civil society to their events in their countries.

Meet the inspiring stories of their journey being a MYWorld volunteer in their local communities!

Dina and “MY Action For SDGs”

“MY Action For SDGs” is a campaign which aims to raise awareness of the SDGs, particularly among youth and children in Brunei Darussalam. Behind the campaign is Dina, who has collected 581 votes so far for MYWorld survey. She also represented Brunei at the ASEAN Women’s Leadership Academy in Jakarta, after being nominated by the Young Southeast Asian Leaders (YSEALI) programme in April 2018. Currently, she is involved in Global Shapers Bandar Seri Begawan and WeCare whose overall aim is to shape employability and provide humanitarian aid respectively. Read Dina’s blog about her experience

Nen & Ky in Cambodia

There are 8 SDG Advocates in Cambodia. They are located in several cities in Cambodia, and together they collected more than 3,000 votes. Among them, Nen Neou has a special characteristic: he was raised in a Buddhist family and he has been a Buddhist monk in Theravada tradition for 7 years.

Nen collected 2,068 online votes and 137 offline votes among religious communities. As a Buddhist monk himself, he visited several Buddhist high schools in August 2018 to raise awareness for the SDGs and collect MYWorld 2030 votes, including offline in Khmer language.

Ky Veasna is also an SDG Advocate in Cambodia and the president of the ASEAN Youth Leaders Association. He led an introduction session for students on MY World 2030 and the SDGs at the University of Cambodia (September 2018). In collaboration with several NGOs such as WaterAid Cambodia and government representatives from the Ministry of Rural Development and the Ministry for Tourism, he also moderated a panel discussion on young people’s roles on SDG Goal 6 for Clean Water and Sanitation. This discussion kicked off a 3-day camp and the launch of a campaign in Cambodia focused on sanitation, called “Saart Cheanich” (Always Clean).

Currently, he has been leading two projects on Water and Sanitation and Combatting Trafficking in Persons in eight provinces across Cambodia. He works with international and local NGOs, governments, young people and local communities.

Nur & her experience with the SDGs and the Indonesian Television

There are currently 8 SDG Advocates who have collected more than 8,000 votes in Indonesia. One of the Indonesian SDG Advocates, Nur Hayyu Supriatin, promoted the SDGs and the ASEAN MYWorld 2030 initiative on the famous Indonesian Broadcasting System or RRI (Radio Republik Indonesia) Sorong. She also organized a public discussion on “Improving Human Development Index in West Papua with SDGs” with the support from the Youth Changemakers Sorong organization located in West Papua. Her work as a MYWorld volunteer has contributed to creating a meaningful dialogue between citizens and their local government representatives. Nur is a journalist that also writes a storybook for Kasimle’s village children to increase their reading interest.

Read more about her experience here!

Singapore and the food waste campaign

There are many ways to raise awareness about the SDGs and one of the ASEAN SDG Advocates in Singapore used his creativity to reach his community. Shafkat Fahmid Sifat created “Choices and Habits Reducing Food Waste in Singapore” an advocacy video in Singapore about SDG 12 on sustainable consumption. The video was shared widely among young people in Singapore and beyond.

Shafkat was also the President of Migrant Workers Awareness Week 2016, one of the biggest events to raise awareness on migrant workers’ issues in Singapore. He is also one of the co-founders and a foreign delegate of Youth’s Voice, a registered NGO in Bangladesh, where he is involved in fundraising, especially in relation to the assistance for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and for raising awareness on menstrual hygiene.

Taking action with MYWorld 2030 Advocates Programme

Dina, Nen, Kyn, Nur and Shafka are part of the ASEAN MY World 2030 Advocates Programme that was set up in June 2018. Under the leadership of the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub and the UN SDG Action Campaign, they have the opportunity to take a leadership role and carry out a series of advocacy activities in all 10 ASEAN countries. They were selected based on gender/ thematic area/ geographic criteria. Currently. there are 21 men and 29 women, professionals in education, climate change and social entrepreneurship areas.

The program encourages them to place a strong emphasis on marginalized and vulnerable groups: children, women and girls, economically-disadvantaged people, persons with disabilities, LGBTI+ groups, indigenous people, refugees and stateless persons. and marginalized groups. This way, they can really “leave no one behind”.

The results of their effort in local communities

All of the volunteers are doing a great job spreading awareness on their communities about the SDGs. The stories of the SDG Advocates can inspire a whole community to take action. Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Viet Nam have tailored MYWorld 2030 programmes to implement them this year. Strategic partners, such as the ASEAN Foundation, several universities and regional civil society partners and youth networks, such as 2030 Youth Force, AIESEC and JCI, are involved in promoting the survey at the local level. All the efforts are needed to get everybody in the ASEAN region aware of the Sustainable Development Goals also needs the compromise of everybody. Keep the work up!

Finally… the SDG Global Festival of Action program is out!

We are only 6 weeks ahead of one of the most inspiring and energising SDG moments of the year! And thanks to the SDG community we’ve got a packed program full of workshops and interactive sessions with everything needed from learning new skills to connecting with partners and build the much-needed coalitions to advance action on the SDGs. Here’s a sample of the diversity of interactive sessions that awaits you each day…

DAY 1

Sound Impact: How music can lead in the delivery of the SDGs
UN SDG Action Awards Ceremony ABC for SDGs-preneurship Campaigns
Youth Movement 4 the SDGs
Harnessing Artistic Expression to Spur SDG Action and Awareness through Creativity, Empowering and Connecting people

DAY 2

The Power of Sport for Advancing on the Sustainable Development GoalsCommunicating the SDGs: The Food Forever StoryMulti-stakeholder Partnerships and Coalition BuildingYoga
Adaptive Intelligence of the Barefoot Solar MamasMunicipalities for Global Sustainability: Implementation of the 2030 Agenda at a Local Level

DAY 2

Social Entrepreneur Contest
SDG Campaign in Japan
Drumming workshop
Teaching SDGs around the world
Closing High-Level Plenary

See the daily program!

And this list is still growing! More sessions, innovations and exhibits, the SDG Action Studio program, the official Film selection and other exciting Festival experiences to come… stay tuned!

Plan your Festival experience

Download the Festival app, fill your profile and connect with the SDG community! Create your own agenda to map the experience that is right for your needs and stay up-to-date with the latest programme news!

Find all the information you need to know about public transport, accommodation and currency exchange in the city on the logistics page. and get ready to arrive in Bonn!