Group on Earth Observation Sustainable Development Goals Awards Programme

Press Release


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, and 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 2021 recognizes the productivity, innovation, novelty, and exemplary efforts in the use of Earth observations to support sustainable development. The GEO presents the annual award to those making an impact on the 17 global goals put forth by the United Nations, as indicated by progress toward achieving an SDG Target and/or reporting on an 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 June 30, 2021.
Entities eligible for nomination

  • SDG Custodian Agencies
  • Academia
  • Inter-governmental
  • Commercial Sector
  • Civil Society

The Civil Society category encompasses civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations.

In addition, 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. Furthermore, special categories recognize specific key tenets and objectives the Awards intends to highlight. Thus, nominees will identify one Sectoral category for their nomination, and they will be considered for one Sectoral category award. All nominees will also be considered (as an entire group) for all Special categories.


2019 SDG Awards

Evaluation and Selection

The EO4SDG Initiative Team will identify a diverse set of representatives to serve on the Evaluation Panel. Thus, this would include subject matter experts, SDG specialists, Earth observations and geospatial experts. The EO4SDG Initiative Team will make this identification in consultation with the GEO Secretariat. The Evaluation Panel will consequently review the nominations and select Finalists for each of the Sectoral Categories and Finalists for each 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.

To nominate, view the selection criteria, key dates, and FAQs, visit EO4SDG 

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