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Department of Management > 2017 Secretary-General Awards

Meet the 2016 Secretary-General Award Winners!

2016

  • MANAGING CHANGE: Ms. Kyoko Maki (forthcoming)
  • GREENING THE UN: Sustainable UN Team (forthcoming)
    • Honorable Mention: Umoja (forthcoming)
    • Honorable Mention: UNMAS Gaza (forthcoming)

Do you know colleagues like these who deserve recognition from the Secretary-General?

Now is the time to nominate yourself or others for an SG Award!

Please follow the instructions below carefully.

When you are ready to submit your nomination,

access the online form to fill out the form and submit your nomination(s).


SG Awards


The United Nations Secretary-General Awards recognize the outstanding work of UN staff who have contributed above and beyond the call of duty or advanced projects with great impact and innovative potential.

The Secretary-General (or his representative) is tentatively scheduled to recognize the recipients in person at the annual SG Awards Ceremony, to be held on United Nations Day, 24 October 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York. The Ceremony will be webcast live at webtv.un.org.

  • Staff members are invited to nominate remarkable colleagues and their projects from across the global Secretariat.
  • Several questions will be asked depending on the category of the nomination. The name and contact information of the nominator, details of the project or staff member worthy of recognition, the confirmation of a verifying officer and details for the nominated team members are required information.
  • As in the past, staff members of the UN Secretariat are invited to submit projects that stand out for their ingenuity, efficiency and excellence in the delivery of the Organization’s programmes and services.
  • Their stories are meant to inspire others to follow their example, replicate good practices and make strides to invigorate the way we deliver the Organization’s programmes and service


Nominations accepted 1 July– 31 August 2017, in the following categories:

Innovation and Creativity

Given today’s challenges, UN staff is often inspired to develop imaginative, unexpected and innovative solutions to obstacles they encounter in their work. This category honours staff who have achieved exceptional results by thinking "outside the box" and using creativity, innovative methods, and fresh perspectives to implement ideas or projects which improve our results or the way the UN works. (Not necessarily quantifiable in terms of resources saved).

Implementing Efficiencies

UN Staff are so often these days asked to do more with less, as the Organization faces the challenge to deliver results in an effective and efficient manner. This category honours staff who have implemented ideas or projects which have had a measurable effect in terms of efficiencies gained. (Should be quantifiable in terms of resources – time, money, staff, or other resources, which have been saved).

Achieving Gender Equality and Parity

The UN is committed to achieving Gender Parity and Equality as one of the highest priorities for the Secretary-General and our Member States. This award honours an individual staff member or a team who has contributed significantly to gender equality and parity in the Organization by creating a work environment where equal conditions, treatment, and opportunities enable staff to reach their full potential, regardless of gender identification.

Champion of the SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals outline a universal and transformative vision for a better world. With these Goals that universally apply to all, countries have pledged to mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities, and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind by 2030. At the same time, there are many ways in which UN staff can contribute to the fulfilment of these goals as global citizens. This award honors staff who have gone above and beyond their official duties to contribute to the fulfilment of SDGs as members of civil society.


How to nominate a colleague or project for the SG Award?

As in the past, staff members of the UN Secretariat are invited to submit projects that stand out for their ingenuity, efficiency and excellence in the delivery of the Organization’s programmes and services. Their stories are meant to inspire others to follow their example, replicate good practices and make strides to invigorate the way we deliver the Organization’s programmes and services.

What is the deadline for nominations?

Nominations will be accepted starting on Saturday 1 July 2017 through 31 August 2017

Staff members are invited to nominate remarkable colleagues and their projects from across the global Secretariat.

Who can nominate? Who can be nominated?

Any staff member in the UN Secretariat can nominate themselves, another staff member, or a team.  Please refer to ST/SGB/2002/11 for the definition of UN Secretariat. Managers are encouraged to nominate deserving staff and projects for considerations and to encourage staff members to participate. Up to 10 team members can be included in a nomination. Please note that projects that have already won a UN Secretary-General Award or a UN21 Award in previous years are not eligible.

How to submit a nomination?

  1. Download the 2017 UN SG Awards Intructions and Worksheet in Word format.
  2. Prepare all the information in advance using the worksheet. Save it to a local file on your computer.
  3. When you are ready to submit, access the online form to fill out the form and submit your nomination(s).

Please note! you cannot save your progress using the online form. Please prepare all the information you will need in advance using the worksheet so you can submit your final nomination online in one go.

When you are ready to submit your nomination, access the online form to fill out the form and submit your nomination(s).

In addition to the nominator submitting the form, cofirmation by a verifying officer is necessary. After submission of the form, the verifying officer will be contacted by the UNSG Awards team to approve the content of the submission. Without the approval of the verifying officer, the nomination form will not be accepted. Please consult with the verifying officer in advance of submitting the form.

For inquiries and comments, please email unsgawards[at]un.org

The nomination process takes place entirely through the online form which does not allow one to save progress. Therefore, please download the instructions and questions in Word format first, so you can prepare all the necessary information in advance and save it locally to your computer


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