Blog / July 1, 2020
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).
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 a SDG Target and/or producing, or reporting on, a SDG Indicator.
Call for Nominations for the GEO SDG Awards
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 July 17, 2020.
We welcome nominations 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.
There will be Sectoral and Special Awards presented in several categories. Sectoral Awards will focus on the type of organization and the nature of their work. Special categories recognize specific key tenets and objectives the Awards are intended to highlight. Nominees will identify one Sectoral category for their nomination, and they will be considered according to one Sectoral category. All nominees will also be considered (as an entire group) for all Special categories.
View all the photos from GEO Week 2019 Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner in Australia here.
Evaluation and Selection
The EO4SDG Initiative Team, in consultation with the GEO Secretariat, will identify a diverse set of representatives to serve on the Evaluation Panel including subject matter experts, SDG specialists, Earth observations and geospatial experts. The Evaluation Panel will review the nominations and select Finalists for each of the Sectoral Categories and Finalists for each of the Special Categories. Subsequently, the Evaluation Panel will select 0-2 Finalists from each Sectoral category and 0-3 from each Special Category to receive an award.
Sectoral Awards focus on the type of organization and nature of the work. Sectoral categories include GEO Member Countries, GEO Participating Organizations, SDG Custodian Agencies, GEO Work Programme Elements, academic institutions, and GEO Associates, encompassing commercial, non-governmental, not-for-profit, and civil society organizations. Nominees will identify one Sectoral category for their nomination, and they will be considered according to one Sectoral category.
The following are the criteria used to evaluate the nominations for the Sectoral Categories:
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. The following are the criteria used to evaluate the nominations for these categories:
Submit your Nomination
The Earth Observations for Sustainable Development Goals (EO4SDG) Initiative invites you to submit nominations for consideration. Download and complete the Nominations Form here.
Email completed Nomination Forms to: email@example.com
Additionally, you can refer to the Suggestions for Nominators document for considerations in
developing a nomination, or the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.
Please direct additional questions on this page to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The awards take place once per year, with nominations opening this year on May 22, 2020. Below are some key dates.
Award Announcement: November 5-6, 2020 [during GEO Week 2020]
Advances in Satellite-Based Land Cover Mapping and Monitoring - Special issue for the journal Remote Sensing
Outcomes of the Forum on Innovation in Remote Sensing Technologies for Accelerated Climate Action, leading to COP26
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