Exploring Synergistic Solutions for Sustainable Development

Organisation:  Climate CoLab

Event Duration:  13 Nov . 2017--07 Jan . 2018

Last Date To Apply:  Not Available

Exploring Synergistic Solutions for Sustainable Development


Sustainable Development Goals

“Sustainable Development” is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. It is a visionary concept that calls for integration of economic development, social equity, and environmental protection. It is development that puts people at the centre and strives to be just, equitable and inclusive.

In September 2015, world leaders adopted seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), together with their 169 targets. The SDGs are integrated, indivisible and balance environmental, social and economic concerns. The goals will stimulate action over the next fifteen years in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet, including: poverty eradication, food security, health, education, gender equality, access to water, sanitation, clean energy, decent jobs, key infrastructure, strong institutions, inequality reduction, sustainable urbanization, responsible production and consumption patterns, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and ecosystem conservation.

Call to Action

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.

We challenge participants to select and combine existing proposals on the Climate CoLab platform to develop new integrated proposals for achieving multiple SDGs. You are free to add additional actions (that are not on the platform) to make your integrated proposal more robust and achieve a greater number of SDGs.

You can search for Climate CoLab proposals using the following tools:

  • Use Climate CoLab’s interactive taxonomy to find contests & proposals by category;
  • Browse previous Climate CoLab winners;
  • Browse by contest list;
  • Use Climate CoLab’s search to find proposals by keyword.

Evaluation Criteria

We are calling for proposals that outline an integrated set of innovative, practical solutions to help achieve the climate action goal (SDG 13) and multiple other goals.

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.

Proposals can include actions that are at any stage of development:

  • Well thought-out ideas that require additional research, design or planning;
  • Comprehensive strategies that are ready for prototyping or implementation;
  • Initiatives that have already achieved success and are ready to be scaled;
  • Best practices that need refinement or support to scale up.

Contest Prizes

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.

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