The Italian government will host a United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) award presentation ceremony on July 24 at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) International Headquarters in Rome. Livestreamed global coverage via UN WebTV will begin at 18:30 CET and will coincide with opening day of the 2023 UN Food Systems Stocktaking Moment.
In a buildup to the event, organizers are announcing a panel of judges on a rolling basis, each tasked with assessing about 3,000 applications and nominations from over 150 countries. According to the UN, the judges are looking for standout “initiatives and individuals that make a difference on the ground and Flip the Script” on Earth’s environmental woes.
Already announced to join this year’s panel of judges are Sandra Uwera Murasa, Global CEO of Fairtrade International; Pablo Ciano, CEO of DHL eCommerce Solutions; and Jayathma Wickramanayake, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth.
Since their inception in 2018, SDG Action Awards have lauded the likes of NextWave Plastics (2021) and The Masungi Story (2022), a youth initiative in the Philippines that is restoring and protecting a rainforest area called the Masungi Georeserve east of Manilla. To date, participants have rescued 2,000 hectares of land, established seventeen ranger stations and 18 kilometers (11 miles) of monitoring trails, and planted and nurtured 68,000 native trees. The project has directly engaged over 20,000 citizens and impacted public watershed policy.