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Ideas4Change for the SDGs Award

Engaging Startups

On 14 April 2015, UNECE will host the first time ever startups’ event at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

The event will show-case how innovative entrepreneurial talent can contribute to address today’s social and environmental challenges, through new groundbreaking ideas that can become successful business.

It will take place in the context of the 2015 <media 322880 _blank external-link-new-window "Opens external link in new window">UNECE session</media> (Geneva 14-16 April) a high-level inter-governmental gathering, where delegates of 56 Member States, will commit to actions to advance the sustainable development agenda in the region in the years to come.

Call for Ideas - Deadline 28 February 2015

The UNECE Call for Ideas was launched on 28 January and closed on 28 February.

About 150 complete proposals were received from 25 countries from all over the UNECE region - with ideas related to sustainable energy, smart mobility, air quality, accessibility to water and sanitation, eco-fashion, trade facilitation, sustainable cities, food, civil society engagement in environmental decision making, etc.

The UNECE Divisions selected 6 finalists to be invited to Geneva to present their idea to the UNECE Session and 6 semifinalists, whose proposals will be published on the UNECE Ideas4Change Website.

An Expert Jury Vote and a Popular Vote at the UNECE Session on 14 April will determine the competition winners. Two finalists will receive an offer for a coaching trajectory from SETSquared Partnership and I3P Startups'Incubators.  

 

Call for ideas

If you want to take part, send us your idea!

We are looking for innovative projects and new solutions for sustainable development in a wide range of fields directly related to our work and themes (see areas of interest).

The Jury

The international jury is composed by highly-recognized experts coming from different backgrounds, including business, academia and policy making.

Contact Us

Please contact us at : ideas4change@unece.org

 

 

The adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2015, have marked a key milestone for the world.  It’s now time to take action  and to find concrete solutions that can help countries achieve their commitments under these ambitious plans. The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is on the front line to give its contribution.

At the same time, there is a “startup revolution” going on, producing innovation with an impact on our day-to-day life, and changing the way we do business. 

We, at UNECE, want to bring such powerful engine of transformation into our work for sustainable development and the green economy to improve people’s wellbeing.

 

The Startups’ Event

After the success of the 1st event, on 26 April 2017 UNECE will host the second startups’ event at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

The event will show-case how innovative entrepreneurial talent can contribute to address today’s social and environmental challenges, through new groundbreaking ideas that can become successful business.

It will take place in the context of the UNECE Regional Forum on Sustainable Development and Commission Session 2017 in Geneva (25-27 April) a high-level inter-governmental gathering, where delegates of 56 Member Stets, will commit to actions to advance the 2030 Sustainable Development agenda in the years to come.

The adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, has marked a key milestone for the world.  It’s now time to take action  and to find concrete solutions that can help countries achieve their commitments under this ambitious plan. The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is on the front line to give its contribution.

At the same time, there is a “startup revolution” going on, producing innovation with an impact on our day-to-day life, and changing the way we do business.

We, at UNECE, want to bring such powerful engine of transformation into our work for sustainable development and the green economy to improve people’s wellbeing.

The Startups’ Event

After the success of the 1st event, on 26 April 2017 UNECE will host the second startups’ event at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

The event will show-case how innovative entrepreneurial talent can contribute to address today’s social and environmental challenges, through new groundbreaking ideas that can become successful business.

It will take place in the context of the UNECE Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (25 April) and Commission Session 2017 in Geneva (26-27 April) a high-level inter-governmental gathering, where delegates of 56 Member States, will commit to actions to advance the 2030 Sustainable Development agenda in the years to come.

Partners

Areas of interest

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, for example:

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

·         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.

·         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.

·         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.

 

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.

Award

Finalists will be invited to present their proposals at the UNECE Ideas for Change Award at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. 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. Winners will receive an official Award Certificates during the 2015 UNECE session.