Meet the 2020 SDG Action Award Finalists

Each year the UN SDG Action Campaign chooses a number of outstanding projects that inspire and help to transform the world into a better place. Here are this year's finalists.

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The SGD Action Campaign is an opportunity to elevate the most transformative and timely work. In 2021 SDG Global Festival of Action will be curated by some of the most relevant, impactful and bold proposals we've seen so far. Caryzma will report from the festival.

This years nominees in the three categories are:


El Avispero

El Avispero is a digital platform for agents of change to work together to build a more peaceful, active, diverse and sustainable country. The platform has activated more than 2 million citizens in Columbia, making voices that have been silenced for decades heard.

Stand to End Rape (STER) Initiative

The Stand to End Rape (STER) Initiative advocates against sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in Nigeria. Sexual harassment within tertiary education institutions is one of the most prominent forms of sexual violence. Lecturers often abuse their powers to demand sex in exchange for admission and marks.

The Sustainable Development Festival

The Sustainable Development Festival is a unique experience that mobilizes millions of people in Italy across all sectors of society. In 2020, for the first time the festival became global as a result of collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The festival included over 800 initiatives and over 75 events in Italian embassies in over 30 countries and five continents. The call to action was #oradiagire ("It's time to act"), highlighting the importance of transforming promises into concrete action.


Fight Forever Chemicals

The "Fight Forever Chemicals" campaign was launched by Participant alongside the narrative film Dark Waters. The overarching goal was to accelerate the passage of policies that would restrict the use of forever chemicals. The campaign is benefiting communities that are currently impacted or will be impacted by PFAS contamination in the U.S. and Europe. There has been more federal, state and EU policy change to prohibit PFAS in a single year than ever before.


Built in 2015, Rap2Rep is a first-of-its-kind platform to identify young talented artists in Liberia. It provides them with mentoring and resources to enable them to use their voices for positive social change. The campaign takes the form of a competition where first-time artists submit their song ideas and home videos on chosen themes. It is the flagship campaign of Accountability Lab Liberia, which acts as an incubator for technological ideas at the intersection of integrity, transparency, and open government. It aims to keep people reliably informed about the coronavirus pandemic and debunking harmful myths.

Signs TV

Signs TV has been broadcasting free content in sign language since 2017. The Kenyan-based initiative now reaches an estimated 500,000 deaf viewers, 1.2 million PWDs and 1.5 million individuals interested in learning Kenyan Sign Language. Globally, more than one billion (15%) people in the world live with some form of disability. Nearly 200 million experience considerable difficulties functioning.


EntrePioneers 2030

EntrePioneers 2030 is the first social platform connecting young people in Syria and the MENA region and Syrians abroad. Since its launch in 2017, the platform has provided tools and connected experts with over 2,500 young people. During the COVID-19 pandemic over 1,300 young entrepreneurs have been mentored virtually.

NextWave Plastics

NextWave Plastics is an open-source initiative convened by Lonely Whale. There are 86 million metric tons of plastic in our ocean. Current member companies include Dell Technologies, IKEA, HP, Bureo, Solgaard, and CPI Card Group.

Equal Measures 2030

Equal Measures 2030 is providing feminist organisations and movements with data and evidence to support locally-driven and context-specific advocacy. The initiative works alongside gender equality champions from all sectors to tell the story of progress for girls and women. To date, more than 800 women have received data-driven advocacy training by Equal Measures 2030.

All sectors are encouraged to apply and nominate initiatives to the UN SDG Action Awards. Each shortlisted entry will be scored on a scale of 0-10 for each of the 3 criteria above for a maximum overall score of 30 points. Entries will be assessed to determine whether they are a good fit for one of the three categories: Mobilize, Inspire, Connect. Eligible initiatives will have been launched between 2015 and now, including those implemented in response to COVID-19. All applications will need to demonstrate tangible impact of the initiative regardless of the longevity of the activation.

Caryzma is proud to be part of the SDG Action Community. We support the SDG Action Campaign and work to achieve each of the 17 Goals and the Agenda2030. We will feature each of the finalists in a separate story as they deserve the more attention for their outstanding work.

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