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At the midpoint of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development the world stands at a crucial moment where transformation is possible and every action matters.

Imagination carries great power. What we can imagine, we can make happen. By tapping into our creativity and diversity anchored in trust and solidarity, we can work together to create the future in which we thrive in harmony with the planet. This is why the UN SDG Action Campaign is seeking initiatives and individuals that make a difference on the ground and Flip the Script, turning fear into hope, vulnerability into resilience, war into peace, and division into unity.  

Today’s challenges transcend any one person, government or single entity. That does not mean we are powerless as individuals— but only that we are more powerful together. 

The UN SDG Action Awards is a signature programme of the UN SDG Action Campaign, seeking initiatives and individuals that mobilize, inspire and connect people to drive positive change. Over 3,000 applications and nominations are received annually from 150+ countries. Following technical review process that identifies the finalists, a high-level Panel of Judges consisting of leaders across sectors and geographies select the winners. Finalists and winners will be unveiled and celebrated at an inspiring and creative UN SDG Action Awards Ceremony, livestreamed globally.   



  • Initiatives that turn apathy into action by mobilizing hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of individuals to take action for the SDGs. We are seeking initiatives with high impact, typically involving collective and coordinated actions that mobilize people to Flip the Script and achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


  • Initiatives that harness the power of creativity to inspire positive change and shift behaviour for the SDGs. We are seeking initiatives and inspirational campaigns that Flip the Script to shift individual behaviour and/or public policies


  • Initiatives that turn division into unity by connecting diverse sectors and partners – from citizens to institutions – to accelerate progress on the SDGs. We are seeking initiatives that Flip the Script and connect people, organizations, and institutions to harness commitments and accountability towards the SDGs


  • Recognition at the UN SDG Action Awards

About United Nations

The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 and committed to maintaining international peace and security; developing friendly relations among nations; promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights. The world looks to the United Nations for solutions to complex problems everywhere; from ending conflict and alleviating poverty, to combating climate change and defending human rights.

Due to its unique international character, and the powers vested in its founding Charter, the Organization takes action on a wide range of issues, and provides a forum for its 193 Member States to express their views, through the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council and other bodies and committees. The work of the United Nations touches every corner of the globe and focuses on a broad range of fundamental issues, like sustainable development, protection of the environment and refugees, disaster relief and mitigation, counter terrorism, as well as disarmament and non-proliferation.

The United Nations family of organizations consists of the United Nations Secretariat, the Funds and Programmes such as the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the specialized agencies such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as other related organizations. The Funds and Programmes are subsidiary bodies of the General Assembly. The specialized agencies are linked to the United Nations through special agreements and report to the Economic and Social Council and/or the General Assembly.