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United Nations Association UAE Announces Winners of Global SDGs Challenge
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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Solvers participated from 53 nations

November 22, 2020, Dubai, UAE: Winners have been announced for the 2020 installment of the Global Citizens SDGs Challenge, an innovative contest founded in UAE in 2019 and slated to run until 2030, annually Earth Day until the end of July. 

The free and inclusive SDGs Challenge called for participants, "solvers", of any age, gender, nationality to come up with tangible solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, and the 2020 installment drew over 600 participants from across the globe including all six continents.

Members of the 17 winning team hailed from Lesotho, Gambia, Nigeria, Angola, Madagascar, India, Bangladesh, Romania, Ecuador, Columbia, El Salvador, Mexico, USA, Malaysia, Taiwan, Australia, and the UK.

Lisa La Bonte, Secretary-General of the UNAUAE, the SDGs Knowledge Partner of the inaugural global challenge said, "The Challenge was a great success and there was rich ethnic, age, and skills diversity of team members participating in the 2020 challenge. Just as impactful were the overall team compositions - citizens from up to six nations per six member teams in some cases came together virtually to collaborate and devise solutions for real world improvements across the 17 SDGs."

For more information on the 2020 Challenge winners visit www.SDGsChallenge.org

For general information, please contact Georgia Marshall director@unauae.org

About United Nations Association UAE

Launched in Abu Dhabi in 2010 with funding in part from the Arab Youth Venture Foundation, UNA-UAE is the first (and only) UNA in the GCC and focuses on educational programming such as building extra-curricular Model U.N. (MUN) clubs in schools to give students hands-on experience through educational simulations of the work and procedures of the U.N. and the practice of international diplomacy. UAE students join over 300,000 high school and university students in over 12,000 MUN clubs across the globe. In its inaugural year UNA-UAE doubled the number of Model U.N. clubs across the nation and continues to support and train MUNers for local and global MUN conferences and congresses.

Additionally, UNA-UAE creates and conducts special SDGs briefings, delivers engaging community programs such as Paint for Peace and Build a Better World, Africa. UNA-UAE Spring and Summer sessions in “Diplomacy, Think-Tank, and Government” Colloquiums for Secondary and University levels began in 2014.

United Nations Associations (UNAs) represent the ‘citizens’ movement of the U.N. and are established as independent NGOs and non-profits existing in over 100 nations. The overarching body, the World Federation of UNAs launched 73 years ago in 1945 alongside the U.N. and maintains offices in New York City, Geneva, and Seoul.       www.unauae.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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