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Areas of Interest

Selection Process and Timetable

The competition launches on 18 January 2015. 
Finalists will be invited to present their proposal at the UNECE Ideas for Change Award in Geneva, during the UNECE session.

Delegates from 56 Member States, together with the Expert Jury, will vote for the three best proposals and an official award ceremony will be held during the session.

The selection process is as follows:
Stage 1
First round of submissions (concept note submitted through the entry form).
18 January – 28 February 2015 (Deadline for entries 24.00 hrs CET)
Stage 2
Selection of finalists.
20 March 2015
Stage 3
Second round of submissions by finalists (full proposal guidelines will follow later. Submission by email ideas4change@unece.org).
1 April – 10 April 2015 (Deadline for entries 24.00 CET)
Stage 4
Meeting with the Expert Jury jury and final selection of three award winners based on documentation and a presentation during the UNECE Ideas for Change Award at the Palais des Nations in Geneva
14 April 2015

Please note that the finalists are expected to be present at the UNECE Ideas for Change Award ceremony. Finalists will be informed no later than 20 March about their travel to the Geneva. UNECE will provide travel support in accordance with UN rules and regulations.


Forests, e.g. innovative use of forest products, including non-wood products like food, medicine or fashion, and use of forest spaces.


Trade, e.g. low cost solutions for products tracking and tracing; applications to facilitate international trade.


Energy, e.g.  smart energy consumption habits, zero emission energy sources, smart applications for energy efficiency; small scale production of renewable energy.


Food, e.g. cost effective, environmentally friendly and healthy methods to preserve fresh fruits and vegetables.


Transport, e.g. road safety, smart urban mobility.


Transport, e.g. road safety, smart urban mobility.


Environment, e.g. recycling and circular economy projects, measurement of environmental footprints, public participation in environmental decision making.


Statistics, e.g. the use of “big data” in sustainability projects.


Housing, e.g. green and affordable housing, housing solutions with a positive social impact (including for special groups like students or the ageing), urban design for sustainability, low cost solutions for  low energy housing, urban design for sustainability.