German SDG Award
UNIDO Innovation Awards
German SDG Award
The German SDG Award honors projects that contribute significantly towards the Sustainable Development Goals as the core of their actions as well as the projects commitment to sustainable development in an exemplary way. Specifically, the holistic perspective on the SDGs as a target system: Sustainable development means simultaneous realization and implementation of environmental and climate protection, as well as (pre- and post-) economic development as concurrent core concerns, which are reflected within the 17 sustainability goals of the 2030 Agenda.
Companies, educational institutions, organisations, initiatives, projects as well as cities, districts and municipalities can be awarded. Applications for the German SDG Award 2023 can be submitted in three categories: "Companies", "Youth and Education" as well as "Cities, Municipalities and Counties".
Companies are one of the most important pillars of our society by creating and supporting progress and innovations. With a clear focus on the SDGs, companies can make a crucial/essential contribution: climate and environmental protection, sustainable production and supply chains, energy-efficient infrastructure, fair working conditions, ethical and responsible business practices as well as equality and diversity are effective levers here. Exemplary commitment should be recognized in this category and serves as an inspiration and incentive for other industry stakeholders.
As administrative units, cities, municipalities, and districts are taking on responsibility for companies and people. Sustainability starts in the communities. The SDGs can serve as a compass for strategic orientation. It is important to maintain, promote and further develop cities, municipalities and districts as attractive locations in the future. Sustainable urban development can help to reduce the need for natural resources, focus on resource conservation and create a better quality of life.
Young people are the future. Their ideas and passion drive change. Children and young people develop creative ideas, find innovative solutions towards current challenges by raising awareness of a sustainable future. In addition, (educational) initiatives, projects and organizations can make a significant contribution to the realization of the sustainability goals: educational institutions help to support children and young people in developing an understanding of the connections between the environment, economy and society.
UNIDO Innovation Awards
For the first time, UNIDO Innovation Awards Awarded in 2023. Companies and cities can apply in the categories "companies" and "city". The UNIDO Innovation Award honors actors who develop a global, international impact and radiance.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) pursues the objective of promoting sustainable industrial development and technological progress in developing and emerging countries. UNIDO's work focuses on SDG 9: Sustainable industrial development, innovation and infrastructure.
UNIDO's main areas of focus include: Implementation of sustainable supply chains, promotion of renewable energies, support in the implementation of environmental standards and the Strengthening of economic competitiveness of developing and emerging countries.
Companies who focus on technical solutions by contributing towards sustainable development are a source of innovation. The interrelationships between industry, innovation and infrastructure are close - industry has great innovation potential. Companies develop and implement technological solutions for sustainable development to further reflect on sustainable development goals, under the premise of a greater resource to thus, enhance energy efficiency, low-carbon production, circular economy and climate protection measures. Companies are invited to apply, specifically companies that contribute significantly towards an innovative, sustainable industrial development as well as a sustainable production and sustainable supply chains, in which they identify these above mentioned aspects as the core of their trade.
Sustainable and livable cities, municipalities and counties are characterized particularly by being future-proof. Mobility, health, infrastructure and social participation mark a sustainable urban development. "Future Cities" are inclusive, safe, resilient, sustainable and the focal point for development. Efficient use of space, low raw material and low energy consumption, resource conservation/optimization, climate protection measures and thus a reduction in environmental pollution are important levers of sustainable urban development. In particular, "Future Cities" that live sustainability and pursue a future-oriented vision are going to be awarded in this category.