GEO SDG Awards Program - entries by June 30th

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a universal development agenda for all countries and stakeholders to use as a blueprint of action for people, the planet, and prosperity. Earth observations, geospatial data, and derived information play insightful roles in monitoring targets, tracking progress, as well as helping nations and stakeholders make informed decisions, plans, and on-going adjustments toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The GEO Awards on Earth Observations for Sustainable Development Goals Program recognizes the productivity, ingenuity, proficiency, novelty, and exemplary communications of results and experiences in the use of Earth observations to support sustainable development, as indicated by progress toward a SDG Target and/or progress toward, and reporting on, a SDG Indicator.
The Earth Observations for Sustainable Development Goals (EO4SDG) Initiative invites you to submit nominations for consideration under sectoral and special categories. Sectoral categories include: GEO Member Countries, GEO Participating Organizations, SDG Custodian Agencies, GEO Work Programme Elements, Not-for-profit organizations, and Academia. Special categories include: Innovation, Testimonial/ Example, and Statistical-Geospatial Data Integration. Submissions related to endeavors through collaborative efforts are strongly encouraged.
Download and complete the Nominations Form for the GEO Awards on Earth Observations for Sustainable Development Goals. Additionally, refer to the Suggestions for Nominators document for considerations in developing a nomination.
Email completed nomination forms

Judging Criteria

Sectoral Category
The following are the criteria used to evaluate the nominations for the Sectoral Category:
  • Merit: Quality, effectiveness, and soundness of the Earth observation-based endeavor     
  • Relevance: Aligns with objectives of SDG and GEO’s vision and strategic objectives 
  • Innovation: Creative and innovative use of Earth observations 
  • Achievement: Clear results and distinct accomplishments (i.e., not a work-in-progress or expectations of future results) 
  • Impact: Value and level of positive social, economic, and/or environmental benefits 
  • Exemplariness: A commendable example and strong representation of the use of Earth observations that is worth showcasing; an endeavor which might motivate others 
Special Category
All nominations are candidates for each of the Special Categories (independent of whether they are Finalists in a Sectoral Category). The following are the criteria used to evaluate the nominations for these categories:
  • Innovation: Exceptional ingenuity, novelty, and originality in the use of Earth observations for the challenge addressed
  • Merit: Soundness of the Earth observations use and potential for scalability
  • Creativity: Creativity and originality in communicating the endeavor and its results to intended audiences; this includes messaging and approached to move or touch people
  • Clarity: Specificity, authenticity, and cogency regarding the connection of Earth observations and the SDG
  • Merit: Soundness of the Earth observations use
Statistical-Geospatial Integration
  • Potency: Inspiration and effectiveness to motivate others to pursue integration
  • Merit: Soundness of the integration and the Earth observations use and potential for scalability

Key Dates

The awards take place once per year, with applications opening this year in May 20, 2019. Below are some key dates.
  • Submissions Open – May 20, 2019
  • Nomination Entry Deadline – June 30, 2019
  • Notifications Sent to Nominees – September 2019
  • Award Ceremony – 4-9 November, 2019 [GEO Week 2019 & Ministerial Summit]


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