Commonwealth Secretary-General: Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards

Deadline: 31 December 2018

The Commonwealth Secretary-General is seeking nominations for “2019 Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards” which will celebrate outstanding innovators and innovations that are helping Commonwealth countries and their people achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and advance the values in the Commonwealth Charter that commit Commonwealth countries to the development of free and democratic societies and the promotion of peace and prosperity.

Objectives

  • Recognise innovations that are advancing sustainable development in Commonwealth countries in line with the Commonwealth Charter and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • Highlight the innovative potential across the Commonwealth;
  • Inspire the next generation of Commonwealth innovators.

Categories

There will be three award winners for innovations in each of the five categories:

  • Improve the well-being (i.e. health, education, human rights etc.) of Commonwealth PEOPLE
  • Improve PROSPERITY (i.e. economic development, trade, etc.) in the Commonwealth
  • Promote PEACE and justice in the Commonwealth
  • Protect the PLANET and the natural environment in the Commonwealth
  • and promote PARTNERSHIPS for sustainable development in the Commonwealth

Core Values & Principles

The award-winning innovations must reaffirm the core values and principles of the Commonwealth as declared in the Commonwealth Charter:

  • Democracy
  • Human Rights
  • International Peace and Security
  • Tolerance, Respect and Understanding
  • Freedom of Expression
  • Separation of Powers
  • Rule of Law
  • Good Governance
  • Sustainable Development
  • Protecting the Environment
  • Access to Health, Education, Food and Shelter
  • Gender Equality
  • Importance of Young People in the Commonwealth
  • Recognition of the Needs of Vulnerable States
  • The role of Civil Society

Award Criteria

Awards will be decided on the basis of:

  • Level of impact or demonstrable potential of innovation;
  • Fresh approaches to problem-solving;
  • Quality of achievement so far;
  • Quality of the evidence provided;
  • Impact or potential impact of innovation on achievement of SDGs in Commonwealth countries

Eligibility Criteria

Entrants must be:

  • Commonwealth citizens (female and young Commonwealth innovators are especially encouraged to apply)
  • Government ministries / departments / public sector agencies in Commonwealth countries
  • Social or voluntary sector enterprises in Commonwealth countries
  • Private sector enterprises based in any Commonwealth country
  • The nominated innovations focusing on the SDGs must be supported with evidence that they are taking place in a Commonwealth country.
  • Nominees must have been engaged in developing their innovations for more than 12 months, either in a professional or voluntary capacity.
  • Award winners must agree to take part in Commonwealth-supported activities and initiatives.

How to Apply

The nomination process will be via an online platform only. Self-nomination is permitted. Each nominee can enter submissions for up to two of the five categories.

Eligible Countries:

For more information, please visit http://cominnowealth.org/the-commonwealth-innovation-awards/

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