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Call for Application: United Nations SDG Action Award Program 2024

Call for Application: United Nations SDG Action Award Program 2024

The UN SDG Action Awards, a signature programme of the UN SDG Action Campaign, champions initiatives and committed individuals who are wielding the power of creativity and innovation to bring us closer to a more sustainable, equitable and peaceful world.

Anyone can mobilize action and achieve impact, even in the most challenging places and times. The campaign is committed to showcasing heroes changing the world, and sending a message of hope and infinite possibilities.  

Each year, a high-level Panel of Judges and a technical review team consider over 5,000 applications and nominations from 190 countries. They select Finalists and then the Winners. The 2024 UN SDG Action Awards Ceremony will be held in October 2024 in Rome, Italy.


UN Action Award Program

Application DeadlineJune 17, 2024
Funding TypeFully Funded
Country to studyItaly
TypeCollege School
SponsorUnited Nations
GenderMen and Women

Benefits of UN Action Award Program

Finalists will receive the following:

  • UN SDG Action Awards Ceremony and Finalist Induction Programme participation: One representative from each finalist initiative will be invited to attend the UN SDG Action Awards Ceremony and Finalist Induction Programme in Rome, Italy in October 2024. The one-day Induction Programme in Rome offers creative workshops, skills development sessions and networking prior to the inspiring UN SDG Action Awards Ceremony that subsequently unveils and celebrates the winners.  Flight and accommodation expenses will be covered by the UN SDG Action Campaign.
  • Global Recognition: Finalists and winners will receive international promotion and amplification through various UN platforms and beyond. 
  • Customized Trophy: Winners and finalists will each receive a prestigious trophy.

Requirements for UN Action Award Program

  • Campaigns/Initiatives must demonstrate proven results accordingly with the 2024 Categories within the last three years (thus campaigns/initiatives in the planning/conceptualization phase are not eligible).
  • Initiatives led by United Nations entities and national governments will only be considered for honorable mentions.

Selection Process

All finalists will be contacted by the UN SDG Action Campaign by September 2024.

Application Deadline

June 17, 2024

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to United Nations on sdgaction.smapply.io to apply

To apply to the Creativity or Impact category or to (self-)nominate a Changemaker, please fill in each section of the application/(self-)nomination form. Your application/(self-)nomination can be saved and edited. Once submitted, you will no longer be able to edit or view your application/(self-)nomination.

To (self-)nominate to the Changemaker Award please prepare a response to each section of the application form. All sections and questions are mandatory, except for those marked as ‘optional’. Only complete applications will be considered by the selection committee.

Applications are to be submitted electronically through the SurveyMonkey apply platform. In order to submit an application or nomination, applicants can login to create a SurveyMonkey Apply account via an existing Facebook, X, Google account OR can create a new account with an email address. If applicants already have an existing SurveyMonkey Apply account, they can use their existing account.

For applicants encountering challenges with access to the internet, this form can be completed and sent in by post. Please see the instructions at the end of this document if you need to submit a postal application.

For more details,visit UN website


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