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Global Solvers, Young and Old across 53 nations Lead by Four Year-old Pre-schoolers Make Plans to Change the World
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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Brainstorming at an all-girls school in Africa

WASHINGTON, DC, November 18, 2020 – 17 winning teams from the inaugural 'Global Citizens Innovative Solutions SDGs Challenge,' an annual 100-day rolling competition, have been chosen by a judging panel of esteemed business and sustainability experts spanning the globe.

The Challenge seeks innovative solutions to the world's most pressing problems encapsulated in the 17 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the "Global Goals" launched the 193 United Nations member states in 2015, The dynamic, free, and impact driven activity in which citizens of any nationality, ethnicity, age, or gender are tasked to arrive at imaginative and viable solutions to any one of the SDGs by way of teamwork, diversity of ideas, and collaboration.

The Challenge sought to elicit tangible team solutions for any one of the chosen SDGs. The inaugural year saw 145 teams made up of 610 citizens from diverse nationalities, ethnicities, ages, and genders working together social distanced and in some cases virtually across continents.

According to Lisa La Bonte, creator of the SDGs Challenge, which she launched as a pilot program from UAE in 2019, "The 2020 installment kicks off what will be a 10 year program. Launched under less than perfect circumstances with Covid lockdowns in full effect, that did nothing to crush the creativity or spirits of global citizens hungry to change the world for the better. No doubt the localized Challenge outputs will move that needle."

Hailing from the small landlocked nation of Lesotho, surrounded completely by South Africa, one female team member focused on solving gender equality and SDG number five, teenager Rachel Isooba stated, "The youth don't really get the chance to voice out their ideas so we are excited to join this contest. Our solution seeks the youth out to think of solutions to solve our current challenge. We believe we need more than a few of us to think of great ideas to solve women and girls issues in our country." 

The 2021 SDGs Challenge will begin in April. Learn more at www.SDGsChallenge.org

About the Global Citizens Innovative Solutions SDGs Challenge “SDGs Challenge”

Part ideation exercise, part solutions hackathon, part start-up competition the Challenge seeks to engage citizens of any nationality, ethnicity, age, or gender and encourages diverse teams to commit, or “resolve to solve” any one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) representing the world's most vexing issues.

Teams of up to six (families, students, friends, co-workers, neighbors, or strangers who’ll become new friends) are encouraged to brainstorm, devise and present their innovative solutions by video -all virtually- during a time frame of their choosing within a 100 day rolling period that starts on Earth Day and ends in July, annually until 2030. Winners are invited to join the SDG Percolator, a pre-incubator program that assists with polishing the winning plans toward implementation and community and commercial successes.

The SDG Challenge creates more engaged and connected ‘citizens of the world’ by educating minds-on about SDGs and aids to economic development on a local level.                          www.SDGsChallenge.org

About the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests. SDG #1: No poverty; SDG #2: Zero hunger; SDG #3: Health and well-being; SDG #4: Quality Education; SDG #5: Gender equality; SDG #6: Clean water and sanitation; SDG #7: Affordable and clean energy; SDG #8: Decent work and economic growth; SDG #9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure; SDG #10: Reduced inequalities; SDG #11: Sustainable cities and communities; SDG #12: Responsible production and consumption; SDG #13: Climate action; SDG #14: Life below water; SDG #15: Life on land; SDG #16: Peace, justice and strong institutions; SDG #17: Partnership for the Goals www.sustainabledevelopment.un.org

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