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UNECE Ideas for Change Award: Innovation for Sustainable Development Goals

2015, the year of the 70th anniversary of the UN, is key milestone for the world. UN Member States will adopt an ambitious and action-oriented Post-2015 Development Agenda with sustainable development goals, in New York in September. The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is on the front line to give its contribution.

At the same time, there is a “startup revolution” going on, producing most of the innovation with an impact on our daily life, and changing the way we do business.

We, at UNECE, want to bring such powerful engine of transformation into our work for sustainable development and the green economy to improve people’s wellbeing.

Engaging startups

On 14 April 2015, UNECE will host the first ever startups’ event at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

The event will show-case how innovative entrepreneurial talent can contribute to address today’s social and environmental challenges, through new groundbreaking ideas that can become successful business.

It will take place in the context of the 2015 UNECE session Geneva (14-16 April) a high-level inter-governmental gathering, where delegates of 56 Member States, will commit to actions to advance the sustainable development agenda in the region in the years to come.

Call for Ideas – Deadline: 28 February 2015!

If you want to take part, send us your idea!

We are looking for innovative ideas and new solutions for sustainable development in a wide range of fields directly related to our work.

We are interested not only in products and technologies but also in social innovation and new ways of doing things!

To apply, please go to:


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