The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading environmental authority responsible for setting the global environmental agenda.  It supports member states in implementing the SDGs and reviewing progress through strengthening the science-policy interface, providing expert knowledge, capacity building and technical assistance, as well as leading on environmental advocacy.

This contest asks the international community to combine real-world proposals and share how they can achieve multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with an emphasis on maximizing synergies between proposals while minimizing the trade-offs that can occur when trying to achieve a broad range of Sustainable Development Goals.


Judges’ Choice and Popular Choice Winner(s) will:

  • be invited to attend the official launch event for GEO-6 during the Fourth UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) in March 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya
  • showcase their proposals to policy-makers, business leaders, Intergovernmental Organizations and other influential stakeholders at UNEA
  • be recognized by the UN Environment’s Office of the Chief Scientist
  • be given the unique opportunity to meet with the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Environment
  • be awarded one economy-class roundtrip airfare ticket, and a daily subsistence allowance to support their travel to Nairobi.
  • receive wide recognition and visibility by MIT Climate CoLab.


This contest seeks proposals that:

  • Build on at least one existing Climate CoLab proposal;
  • Address how the set of proposals achieve the Sustainable Development Goal on climate action and at least one other SDG (we recommend three or more);
  • Maximize the synergies between the proposals, while minimizing the trade-offs that can occur when attempting to achieve multiple SDGs;
  • Are inventive and creative in how proposals are combined to achieve multiple SDGs.

DEADLINE: January 7 2018

To apply and for more information visit here

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