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Meet the 2020 finalists of the UN SDG Action
This year more
than ever, we need hope, we need creativity and we need collaboration
for people and for the planet.
In March 2020, a call went out to the international SDG Action
Community, to those that inspire, mobilize
and connect for the Goals,
to tell us about the transformative projects and approaches they are
leading to accelerate action towards the Goals - the call was
As we round off the year, it’s an honor to share the stories of
the 2020 class of finalists with the
community, ahead of the winner and honorable mention announcements
and the upcoming SDG Action Awards Ceremony which will be hosted at
the SDG Global Festival of Action on
25-26 March 2021.
Meet some of the most transformative and
impactful initiatives of 2020 and find out how they are changing the
Connecting and mentoring young people in Syria and
Syrians abroad to rebuild better
EntrePioneers 2030 connects 2500+
Syrian youth in developing innovative SDG initiatives and solutions.
Their 50+ projects mobilize youth affected by conflict, displacement,
poverty, and lack of opportunity to channel their ambitions and
actively rebuild better.
Keeping plastic in the economy and out of the ocean
There are 86 million metric tons of plastic in our
ocean. Realizing the commercial value of ocean-bound upcycled
plastics, NextWave Plastics united
companies in creating the first global network of ocean-bound plastic
supply chains. In two years they've prevented 1,300+ metric tons of
plastic from entering our oceans.
Providing data and connecting feminist organizations
to end gender discrimination
Equal Measures 2030 provides data
and evidence which connects organizations to end systemic
discrimination against women and girls. From land rights reforms in
Kenya to changes in Indonesia’s law to curb child marriage, they
provide advocacy trainings to achieve gender equality.
Converging an impact campaign with a feature film to
make visible an unseen health crisis
Participant Media’s Fight Forever Chemicals Campaign,
and the Dark Waters Movie, highlights the quiet proliferation of
dangerous PFAS or “forever chemicals” and an unseen health crisis.
Their campaign has accelerated 12+ anti-forever chemical bills in the
US and continues to mobilize conscious consumers.
Harnessing conscious music as a tool for social change
through the platform of youth participation
Accountability Lab Liberia’s Rap2Rep initiative harnesses
conscious music as a tool for social change - debunking harmful myths
about COVID-19, while inspiring youth throughout the country. Their
music embraces the “Hip-co” tone, a genre dating back to the Liberian
Improving the social, economic and talent development
of people with disabilities
1 billion+ people around the world live with some form
of disability. Signs TVin Kenya improves the social, economic and talent
development of PWDs through inclusive broadcasting and assistive
technology. They are developing an app to provide virtual
interpreters to combat isolation.
Making 2 million voices heard through a digital
citizen action and crowdsourcing platform
Based in Colombia, Movilizatorio has enabled 2 million
voices to be heard through digital citizen action and crowdsourcing
platform El Avispero. The've launched 40+
campaigns, showing that the power of people coming together is
stronger than the sound of any rifle.
Fighting against gender violence in education
institutions in Nigeria
Stand to End Rape's Sexual Harassment Project exposes
and fights against sexual and gender-based violence in educational
institutions in Nigeria. Partnering with BBC Africa Eye, the
documentary "Sex for grades" was viewed 5+ million times
and led to the re-introduction of the Sexual Harassment Bill by the
Bringing together millions of people to connect,
discuss and contribute to the Goals
ASviS in Italy brings together millions of people at
their annual Sustainable Development Festival.
The 2020 edition featured 800+ initiatives and 75+ events in Italian
embassies in 30+ countries and five continents. The call to action
was #oradiagire “It’s time to act”, to transform promises into
Awards Ceremony at the SDG Global Festival of Action
Action global community’s annual meeting place is returning, bigger
and bolder than ever from 25-26 March 2021! No longer confined by a
physical location, the SDG Global Festival of Action will
meet you wherever you are in a new virtual space.
The 2021 Festival will MOBILIZE, CONNECT and INSPIRE the global SDG
Action community and – with a special spotlight on SDG Action Awards
class of 2020.
Let's #TurnItAround together for people and for the planet!
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