The Group on Earth Observations Sustainable Development Goals (GEO SDG) Awards for the year 2020 recognizes the productivity, innovation, novelty, and exemplary efforts in the use of Earth observations to support sustainable development. This award is for those who are following the goals set by the United Nations on sustainable development goals.
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).
Full Information About the Group on Earth Observations Sustainable Development Goals Awards 2020
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. We welcome nominations from GEO Member Countries, GEO Participating Organizations, SDG custodian agencies, GEO Work Program 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.
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 program 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 applicants must have Quality, effectiveness, and soundness of the Earth observation-based endeavour, they must Also Align with objectives of SDGs and GEO’s vision and strategic objectives. They must be a creative and innovative use of Earth observations.
- They must have clear results and distinct accomplishments, posses a Value and level of positive social, economic, and/or environmental benefits. They must be commendable examples and strong representation of the use of Earth observations for the SDGs that is worth showcasing; an endeavour which might motivate others
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.
- 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.
- They must be 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 with Specificity and clarity regarding the connection between Earth observation uses and SDG target(s)/ indicator
- The Sound 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
The Earth Observations for Sustainable Development Goals for the year 2020 Initiative invites you to submit nominations for consideration. This application is to be filled online on the awards website.
Click on this link to download the nomination form. Individuals should submit their completed nomination forms to email@example.com
The awards take place once per year, with nominations opening this year on May 22, 2020. Below are some key dates. From May 28th, 2020 nominations got the award are open and then close on by June 30th, by 20th September 2020 the nominees are contacted and the award is announced by 5th to 6th of November 2020 [during GEO Week 2020]
June 30, 2020.
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