The European Commission has launched the first European Sustainability Award, to promote inspiring initiatives and cases aiming to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and turning them into concrete solutions and opportunities.
The award, which is expected to raise visibility about the SDGs in the European Union, will be held annually under the theme chosen by the High-level Political Forum of the United Nations. For this year’s edition, the theme is “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. The theme refers to a cluster of SDGs: SDG4 on quality education, SDG 8 on decent work and economic growth, SDG 10 on reduced inequalities, SDG 13 on climate action, SDG 16 on peace justice and strong institutions, and SDG 17 on partnerships for the goals.
The competition is open to four categories:
- Civil Society
- Public bodies
- Private bodies
Regional governments will be able to apply under the “Public bodies” category, which has been divided into:
- Subnational legal public entities reaching a population above 100 000 inhabitants
- Subnational legal public entities reaching a population equal to/under 100.000 inhabitants
The application is open until 14 September 2018 and must be sent to the dedicated functional mailbox of the Secretary-General (SGSTAKEHOLDERPLATFORM-SDG@ec.europa.eu). The winners will be selected by a jury of members of the Commission’s Multi-stakeholders Platform on SDGs, and announced during a high-level ceremony in spring 2019.
For more information about the Award, please consult the Rules of Contest.