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Call for Nominations for the GEO SDG Awards

Nominations Close: June 30, 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.

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 June 30, 2020.

They 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.


Sectoral Categories:

  • Merit: Quality, effectiveness, and soundness of the Earth observation-based endeavor

  • Relevance: Aligns with objectives of SDGs and GEO’s vision and strategic objectives

  • Innovation: Creative and innovative use of Earth observations

  • Achievement: Clear results and distinct accomplishments (i.e., not a work-in-progress or expectations of future results)

  • Impact: Value and level of positive social, economic, and/or environmental benefits

  • Exemplariness: A commendable example and strong representation of the use of Earth observations for the SDGs that is worth showcasing; an endeavor which might motivate others

Special categories

  • Exceptional ingenuity and originality in the use of Earth observations to drive progress on, and help track and monitor one or more SDG targets and indicators

  • Soundness of the technique and demonstrated potential for scalability and replicability

  • An inspirational story that clearly and accurately describes the impact of Earth observations and is delivered in a manner that is authentic, creative, and original.

  • Specificity and clarity regarding the connection between Earth observation uses and SDG target(s)/ indicator(s)

Statistical-Geospatial Integration
  • Soundness of the technique and demonstrated potential for scalability and replicability

  • Specificity and clarity regarding the connection between Earth observation uses and SDG target(s)/ indicator(s)

  • Effective and impactful engagement among two or more sectoral categories through sharing of ideas, resources, expertise, Earth observation data, methods, and tools in support of SDG target(s) / indicator(s)

  • Potential for scalability and replicability


Download and complete the Nominations Form for the GEO Awards on Earth Observations for Sustainable Development Goals. Additionally, refer to the Suggestions for Nominators document for considerations in developing a nomination.

Email completed nomination forms toawards@eo4sdg.org



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