Group on Earth Observations Sustainable Development Goals (GEO SDG) Awards

The Group on Earth Observations Sustainable Development Goals (GEO SDG) Awards 2020 recognizes the productivity, innovation, novelty, and exemplary efforts in the use of Earth observations to support sustainable development. Launched last year, this annual award is presented to those making an impact on the 17 global goals put forth by the United Nations, as indicated by progress toward achieving an SDG Target and/or producing, or reporting on, an SDG Indicator.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a universal set of priorities to use as a blueprint of action for people, the planet, and prosperity. Earth observations, geospatial data, and the information they provide play insightful roles in monitoring targets, tracking progress, as well as helping nations and stakeholders make informed decisions toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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All GEO Members and all organizations within a specific sectoral category are eligible to nominate themselves or others for the GEO SDG Awards. The call for nominations is open now until June 30, 2020.

Categories:

There will be Sectoral and Special Awards presented in several categories.

The following are the criteria used to evaluate the nominations for the Sectoral Categories:

  • Merit: Quality, effectiveness, and soundness of the Earth observation-based endeavor
  • Relevance: Aligns with objectives of SDGs and GEO’s vision and strategic objectives
  • Innovation: Creative and innovative use of Earth observations
  • Achievement: Clear results and distinct accomplishments (i.e., not a work-in-progress or expectations of future results)
  • Impact: Value and level of positive social, economic, and/or environmental benefits
  • Exemplariness: A commendable example and strong representation of the use of Earth observations for the SDGs that is worth showcasing; an endeavor which might motivate others

Special categories recognize key tenets and objectives the Awards are intended to highlight. All nominees will be considered (as an entire group) for all Special categories.

Special Categories include: (1) Innovation, (2) Testimonial/ Story, (3) Statistical-Geospatial Integration, and (4) Collaboration.

Benefits

All Awardee organizations will receive:

  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Award, Trophy
  • Non-monetary item of recognition (e.g., a satellite image of a location on Earth)
  • Recognition at Award Ceremony (format to be determined due to Covid-19)
  •  Feature n the GEO website and EO4SDGwebsite All

Finalist organizations will receive:

  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Non-monetary item of recognition (e.g., a satellite image of a location on Earth)
  • Recognition at Award Ceremony (format to be determined due to Covid-19)
  • Feature on the GEO website and EO4SDG website

Eligibilities

  • All GEO Members and all organizations within a specific sectoral category are eligible to nominate themselves or others for the GEO SDG Awards.
  • Nominations are welcome from GEO Member Countries, GEO Participating Organizations, SDG custodian agencies, GEO Work Programme elements, academic institutions, and a newly added category, GEO Associates, which encompass commercial, non-governmental, not-for-profit, and civil society organizations.
Eligible Regions: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Republic of the, Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana. Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Republic of Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel. Japan, Korea, Republic of, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand Oman Sultanate of, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, Tonga, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, United States, Uruguay, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, European Commission, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom

Application Process

Download the nomination form from the given link and email the completed Nomination Forms to [email protected]

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Application Deadline: June 30, 2020

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