The SDG Global Festival of Action took place between 2-4 May 2019 bringing together more than 1,500 political decision-makers, activists, experts, business leaders and creatives from over 130 countries. The Festival, organized by the UN SDG Action Campaign, aims to share different perspectives, test and accelerate new ideas, and build an environment where the SDGs become a priority for political engagement, democratic participation and personal behaviour while deepening the coalition for SDG action.
As part of the festival UN SDG Action Awards are presented to celebrate individuals, civil society organizations, local governments, and changemakers who are taking transformative action to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across a range of categories.
Awards are given to a leading mobilizer, connector, campaigner, visualizer, includer, creative and storyteller, who together send a clear message to the world — that advocates are translating the Global Goals into local action, and are making an impact through innovation, dedication and collaboration.
SDG Award Winners for 2019
Visualizer: Using visual or creative representations of data to influence decision-makers and the public of the importance of the SDGs.
“There are millions of women and girls who experience sexual violence on a daily basis. They can’t be here but each one of you can make a difference.” — Elsa Marie D’Silva
Storyteller: Capturing powerful human stories to help communicate the interconnectedness of the SDGs in people’s lives through different mediums.
“As a journalist, we spent 5 weeks in privacy with the families and there is a very solid contract between the journalist and these families — they are in the front line of climate change,” — Samuel Turpin
Creative : Harnessing artistic expression to spur SDG Action and awareness through creativity, empowering and connecting people
Make Art / Stop AIDS: Youth — Zomba, Malawi
“The impact that this project has brought to the students has left a print in my heart. Art is a powerful language.” — Sharon Kalima
Includer: Ensuring that excluded groups become part of the SDG dialogue and decision making in their community or at international levels. Leave No One Behind!
Transforming Lives Make Senses for Everyone — United Kingdom
“I’d like to thank the 4.237 parathletes who went to the London 2012, who changed attitudes towards disabilities. Their amazing performance has inspired the world and its thanks to them that one million more persons with disabilities are in employment in the UK.” Craig Spence
Connector: Engaging multiple stakeholders or build networks to generate the transformational change needed to make the SDGs a reality.
The Plastic Bank — Haiti, Philippines and USA
“All of us should systematically embrace good tech, and collectively advance sustainability.” — Andrés Rodriguez
Campaigner: Communications campaign (local/national/international) to raise public awareness about the SDGs and/or people’s role in SDG action.
A White Dress Doesn’t Cover the Rape #Undress522 — Beirut, Lebanon
“Dedicated to my country, my family, my team, to every women survivor of sexual assault. They can’t be here but each one of you can make a difference.” —Ghida Anani
Mobilizer: Mobilizing individuals organizations or networks for collective action for the SDGs
Follow the Money — Abuja, Nigeria
“In 2018, we were able to track over 10 million dollars in Nigeria and reached directly 2 million lives. Mobilizing citizens, engaging governments, using data and telling stories brings change. Achieving the SDG’s is about connecting the dots.” Hamzat Lawal
People’s Choice Award:
“We go beyond our network and get to the grassroots and make them aware that they also contribute to the Global Goals.” — Jules Guiang