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Exploring Synergistic Solutions for Sustainable Development 2018

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Proposal creation

CoLab members create proposals

Nov 1, 2017 12:00 EDT - Jan 7, 2018 08:00 EST
Semi-Finalist selection
Expert judges select semi-finalists

Jan 7, 2018 08:00 EST - Jan 22, 2018 12:00 EST
Proposal revisions
Semi-finalists can improve their proposals

Jan 22, 2018 12:00 EST - Feb 2, 2018 08:00 EST
Finalist selection
Expert judges select finalists

Feb 2, 2018 08:00 EST - Feb 26, 2018 08:00 EST
Voting period
Public Voting Period

Feb 26, 2018 08:00 EST - Mar 9, 2018 06:00 EST
Winners are awarded

Mar 9, 2018 06:00 EST
What combinations of Climate CoLab proposals could help achieve multiple Sustainable Development Goals?

In 2015, world leaders adopted a set of seventeen goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all, called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While this broad range of goals is comprehensive, it poses severe challenges for decision-makers. For example, studies have shown that, while protecting the world’s forests can keep carbon out of the atmosphere (contributing to the goal on climate action), it may also reduce land availability for food (hampering the goal on eliminating hunger).

To meet this challenge, UN Environment is seeking creative combinations of actions that can achieve climate change goals and other Sustainable Development Goals, in ways that minimize trade-offs and maximize synergies. Participants can select and combine actions from the over 2,000 preexisting proposals on the Climate CoLab platform.

Contest winners will be invited to showcase their work at UN Environment’s conference in Kenya (expenses-paid), meet with the UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Environment, and have their proposal included in the Global Environment Outlook, which is UN Environment’s flagship report on the state of the environment and is distributed to decision-makers around the globe.

12 Proposals
Apr 2, 2019
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A modular sustainable development framework for communities that is cognizant of the synergistic nature of infrastructure and society.
Feb 5, 2018
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With C’SQUARE we empower citizens to contribute towards a more inclusive, safe, resilient, sustainable and comfortable future of cities.
Feb 2, 2018
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A model Ecovillage showcasing fulfilment of the village community needs of food, water, waste and energy while meeting the maximum SDGs
Feb 2, 2018
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The Organic Monetary Fund, set up as a division of the International Monetary Fund, will help to achieve almost all SDGs in record time
Feb 2, 2018
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An app that allows waste buyers to source specific waste directly from producers, giving you the ability to buy, sell and reuse all waste.
Feb 2, 2018
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"Synergy" of 8 SDG's can be achieved through planting fruit bearing trees by elderly and promote "Healthy Inter-generational Ageing"
Feb 2, 2018
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Eliminating grazed animal consumption will buy 25 years to fix emissions and will profoundly benefit 7 SDGs and 5 Planetary Boundaries
Feb 1, 2018
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Blockchain based collaboration & governance platform enabling dynamic community development & project formation for SDGs, e.g. ClimateAction
Feb 1, 2018
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A solar powered extrude machine that uses innovative technology to transform plastic garbage into plastic timber to reduce deforestation.
Jan 31, 2018
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Converting urban solid wastes into compost forms will have social, economic and environmental benefits; and helps to reduce GHG emissions
Jan 30, 2018
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Young people traveling the world and working together to learn more about climate change and start their careers as climate leaders
Jan 23, 2018
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“Guama”, an integrated agroforestry model, is transforming family livelihoods, saving rain forests; restoring degraded soils and landscapes