Mise à jour: 20 Feb 2024

Find here information on ongoing environmental contests launched by our partners.

Eduki Fondation My Future, My Ideas! Competition

My future, my ideas! competition invites students aged from 4 to 19 from around Switzerland to share their ideas and take stock of the progress of Sustainable Development Goal implementation at the halfway mark to 2030.

Registration for the competition will be open from 4 September to 31 December 2023, while the deadline for submitting the projects is 29 February 2024. 

More information and updates can be received by signing up to the  Competition Newsletter.

Right Livelihood Award 2024

The Right Livelihood Award has honoured courageous change-makers since 1980. The Award aims to boost urgent and long-term social change by recognizing the actions of brave visionaries working for a more just, peaceful and sustainable world for all.

Do you know any courageous and innovative change-makers who strive to create a more just, peaceful and sustainable world for those around them?  Nominations for the Right Livelihood Award are fully open to the public and can be submitted through our online form below. Nominations are accepted in English, French and Spanish and can be submitted until 1 March 2024.

UNEP Special Programme Project Photo Awards

The United Nations Environment Programme has opened applications for the Special Programme Project Photo Awards: An exclusive photography competition for UNEP partners that are currently implementing a project funded by the UNEP Special Programme.

This competition is an opportunity to highlight the importance of institutional strengthening for the sound management of chemicals and waste by using creativity in your photographs while also showcasing the progress in your respective Special Programme country projects.

Participants of all skills levels are invited  to capture and share the impactful stories of your project’s progress and success and use this opportunity to gain global recognition for your project and its contribution to a sustainable future.

Applications will be accepted until 15 March 2024.

Photos should be submitted filling the online form and uploading the files with the relevant information.

Prix IDDEA 2024

Do you have a sustainable business idea for the Canton of Geneva? Take part in the 2024 edition of the IDDEA Prize! This competition encourages, supports and rewards the creation of sustainable and innovative business projects in Geneva.

Apply now for your chance to be one of the 15 projects selected this year, and perhaps win one of the prizes up for grabs to launch your business!

Ideas can be submitted here until  Wednesday 20 March 2024, midnight (Geneva Time).

Ye! Youth Ecopreneur Programme Call for Application to Win Seed Funding

Young entrepreneurs with green, sustainable businesses can now apply to participate in a global accelerator programme of the United Nations with the opportunity to pitch solutions on a global stage to win seed funding.

The Ye! Youth Ecopreneur Programme is designed to build the skills and networks of green innovators under the age of 35, in particular those in developing countries, to guide them through a developmental journey as part of a global community of young entrepreneurs – Ye! Community – that includes a bootcamp, an accelerator stage and culminates in the Youth Ecopreneur Awards. The Programme is hosted by International Trade Centre (ITC) in partnership with the G20 Global Land Initiative of the United Nations Convention Against Desertification (UNCCD). The goal is to advance global environmental sustainability through young entrepreneurs over the next five years.

Applicants can apply for one of two categories: Green Business Solution (which covers circularity and the green economy) and Land Restoration. To be eligible for the Land Restoration category, the entrepreneur must run a business that supports one or more of the following areas of work: reforestation or afforestation; soil conservation and enrichment; wetland restoration; erosion control; cleanup of contaminated land; agroforestry and carbon farming; invasive species control; forest or urban woodland fire management; stream and river restoration; and use of modern technology for any of the above.

Benefits for participants of the bootcamp and accelerator include capacity building, mentorship, business diagnostics, equity-free seed funding for the land restoration category, preferential access to the Google’s Startups for Sustainable Development programme; specialized support on intellectual property protection from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); links to investors for additional funding; pro bono legal services from Sidley Austin; and international exposure through communications coverage from ITC. Finalists of the Youth Ecopreneur Awards receive a fully funded trip to pitch at an international conference, workshops/coaching and a chance to win $10,000.

Apply for the Ye! Youth Ecopreneur Programme here. The deadline to apply is 22 March 2024.

2024 GCSP Prize for Transformative Futures in Peace and Security

The Prize for Transformative Futures in Peace and Security seeks to reward groundbreaking concepts that offer exceptional promise in addressing peace and security challenges.

Applications may come from any country, but the potential impact of the concepts submitted should extend beyond national borders in their scope or thinking. Concepts from a wide variety of fields may be eligible for consideration, including, but not restricted to, transformative technologies, pandemics, biothreats, autonomous weapons, climate change, human rights, cybersecurity, education, or disarmament, for example.

The winners (first, second and third place) will be announced publicly during an event to be held in May 2024. The prize for the application coming in the first position is a fully funded 2-month incubation programme within the GCSP’s Creative Spark in Geneva (worth CHF 15’000) and a certificate of excellence. The two other finalist applications will receive a certificate of recognition.

The deadline for applications is 25 March 2024 at 23:59 UTC+1.

The Future of International Geneva in the UN 2.0 System | Greycells Survey and Contest

The Association of Former International Officials for Development, Greycells, is initiating an online survey and contest for young individuals, titled “Greycells International Geneva Prize.” The results will be unveiled during Greycells’ annual Intergenerational Dialogue on “The Role of International Geneva in the UN 2.0 System,” scheduled for 25 April 2024, at the Geneva Press Club.

The anonymous online survey runs until 25 March 2024 and is open to the general public worldwide, with specific questions targeting diplomats, journalists, experts, and individuals under 32 years old.