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Sustainable Development Goals Lions

The Sustainable Development Goals Lions celebrate creative problem solving, solutions or other initiatives that harness creativity and seek to positively impact the world.

Entries will need to demonstrate how they contributed to or advanced the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development across people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnerships.


A number of criteria will be considered during judging and weighted as follows: 20% idea; 20% strategy; 20% execution; 40% impact and results.

The same piece of work can be entered up to four times in Sustainable Development Goals.

All entry fees for Sustainable Development Goals are donated to related-charities which will be announced nearer to the festival dates.

Explore the categories

A. People

A01 Poverty.
Entries into this category will represent efforts to end poverty in all its forms everywhere. Its manifestations include hunger and malnutrition, disaster-prone geographies, social discrimination, limited access to education and other basic services.

A02 Hunger.
Entries here should demonstrate efforts to end hunger, achieve food security, improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture and food production systems.

A03 Good Health and Well-being.
Entries into this category will work towards ensuring healthy lives and the promotion of well-being for all. Examples here can include campaigns that address maternal mortality, disease epidemics, substance abuse, sexual and reproduction healthcare, services and access.

A04 Quality Education.
Work which contributes to the establishment of inclusive and quality education for all and the promotion of lifelong learning opportunities. Includes efforts towards affordable, equal and safe access to education - regardless of race, gender or disability.

A05 Gender Equality.
Entries should work towards the eradication of deeply rooted gender-based discrimination and the achievement of gender equality and empowerment for all.

B. Planet

B01 Clean Water and Sanitation.
Work which contributes towards the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

B02 Affordable and Clean Energy.
Entries into this category will promote the necessity of access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

B03 Sustainable Cities and Communities.
Entries here should represent efforts to make cities and human settlements completely inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Common urban challenges include congestion, lack of funds to provide basic services, a shortage of adequate housing, declining infrastructure, accessibility and rising air pollution within cities.

B04 Responsible Consumption and Production.
Work that contributes towards the implementation of sustainable consumption and production patterns for all. Entries should focus on promoting resource and energy efficiency through reduction of natural resource consumption across the supply chain, involving everyone from producer to final consumer.

B05 Climate Action.
Entries here should reflect the necessity of the urgent action required to combat climate change and its impacts.

B06 Life below Water.
Work that promotes the need to conserve and manage our oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. Entries may focus on various issues such as temperature, chemistry, currents and life

B07 Life on Land.
Entries into this category will promote the protection, restoration and sustainable use of our land-based ecosystems. e.g. Sustainable management of forests, prevention of desertification, and the termination and reversal of land degradation and biodiversity loss.

C. Prosperity

C01 Decent Work and Economic Growth.
Entries here should promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth. Including, but not limited to, work that demonstrates efforts to reach safe, productive and equal employment for all; increased access to financial services to manage incomes, accumulate assets and make productive investments; and effective eradication of forced labour and modern slavery.

C02 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.
Entries here will reflect attempts to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and nurture investment and innovation in transport, irrigation, energy and information and communication technology.

C03 Reduced Inequalities.
Entries into this category will demonstrate efforts to reduce inequality within and among countries. Inequalities can refer to disparity in incomes as well as those based on age, sex, sexuality, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status within a country.

D. Peace

D01 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.
Entries here will work towards the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. They will show attempts to provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

E. Partnership

E01 Partnerships for the Goals.
Work which contributes to the revitalisation and enhancement of global partnerships. Work that endeavours to bring together Governments, civil society and the private sector in aid of the implementation of sustainable development.

What does winning work look like?


For the first time in India, the Missing Chapter explains the simple biology behind periods and sparked a revolution. For 3 decades now, Whisper has been running its school program to prevent girls from dropping out of school because of lack of period awareness, period management. Despite its efforts, every year a whopping 23 million girls drop out of school, because of one missing piece of information on menstruation. Menstruation is a topic so taboo that no one in society, not even mothers talk about it to their daughters. That’s why 71% of girls in India are unaware of periods until they get it. Lack of information makes them believe that a natural process like menstruation – is a sign of death, disease, shame. The only place girls could have learnt about menstruation is at school. But sadly because of the same taboo even the national council of education never printed this chapter in schoolbooks.

2023 Jury President

Jean Lin

Chief Culture Officer

Dentsu Group Inc.

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