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Exploring Synergistic Solutions for Sustainable Development

5 days until Semi-Finalist selection ends
Proposal creation

CoLab members create proposals

Nov 1, 2017 EDT - Jan 7, 2018 EST
Semi-Finalist selection
Expert judges select semi-finalists

Jan 7, 2018 EST - Jan 21, 2018 EST
Proposal revisions
Semi-finalists can improve their proposals

Jan 21, 2018 EST - Feb 2, 2018 EST
Finalist selection
Expert judges select finalists

Feb 2, 2018 EST - Feb 15, 2018 EST
Voting period
Public Voting Period

Feb 15, 2018 EST - Mar 1, 2018 EST
Winners are awarded

Mar 1, 2018 EST
What combinations of Climate CoLab proposals could help achieve multiple Sustainable Development Goals?

In 2015, world leaders adopted a set of seventeen goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all, called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While this broad range of goals is comprehensive, it poses severe challenges for decision-makers. For example, studies have shown that, while protecting the world’s forests can keep carbon out of the atmosphere (contributing to the goal on climate action), it may also reduce land availability for food (hampering the goal on eliminating hunger).

To meet this challenge, UN Environment is seeking creative combinations of actions that can achieve climate change goals and other Sustainable Development Goals, in ways that minimize trade-offs and maximize synergies. Participants can select and combine actions from the over 2,000 preexisting proposals on the Climate CoLab platform.

Contest winners will be invited to showcase their work at UN Environment’s conference in Kenya (expenses-paid), meet with the UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Environment, and have their proposal included in the Global Environment Outlook, which is UN Environment’s flagship report on the state of the environment and is distributed to decision-makers around the globe.


70  Proposals

Proposal nameAuthor(s)ModifiedContributors

C’SQUARE - The Urban Comfort RatingC’SQUARE for Urban Comfort

Jan 9, 2018 Team only
With C’SQUARE we empower citizens to contribute towards a more inclusive, safe, resilient, sustainable and comfortable future of cities.

An innovative Symbiotic Recycling Model harmozing Ecology, Emotions and EconomyGovardhan Ecovillage (GEV)

Jan 7, 2018 Team only
An innovative Platform combing the strenths of the cities with the villages to facilitate social, economic and ecological progress

Hydroelectric and other Sustainable Energy generation using Flood watersAdejoke Bayowa

Jan 7, 2018 Team only
Catching the Flood waters and reuse as a valuable resource for hydroelectric energy generation and other sustainable use.

Principles of EarthNAYAN KUMAR

Jan 7, 2018 Team only
Aligning a nexus between the elements of the Earth and the needs of human being to ensure sustainable living.

Integrated flood prevention and management in rural areas of the Amazon basinSergio Urioste Daza

Jan 7, 2018 Team only
Integrated low-cost solutions to achieve the SDGs while reducing the impact caused by floods in rural communities of the Amazon basin

"33" A basic financing for all 17 goalsAttila Deutsch

Jan 7, 2018 Team only
33 cents from an averaging 1 billion peoble per day, yields 120.45 billion euros/dollars per year

Schools with comfortable CLIMATE, FUN and ELECTRICITY for every child in despairPROJECT SEVA

Jan 7, 2018 Team only
Creating micro-climates for schools at a cheaper rate with the help of electricity produced from their own playgrounds without GHG emissions

Global Complementary Currency Pegged to the Production of Organic Living BiomassHélène Nivoix

Jan 7, 2018 Team only
The Organic Monetary Fund, set up as a division of the International Monetary Fund, will help to achieve almost all SDGs in record time

Business Intelligence model for environmental data management and its analysisOrlando Andre Cuba Llanos

Jan 7, 2018 Team only
Enhance synergistic impacts of environmental projects data through OLAP Implementation: A case of water biodiversity & quality monitoring

Cut out red meat to pause climate for 25 years and profoundly benefit 7 SDGsHit Pause on Climate

Jan 7, 2018 Team only
Eliminating grazed animal consumption will buy 25 years to fix emissions and will profoundly benefit 7 SDGs and 5 Planetary Boundaries

Climate protection by the elderly, helps to achieve "SYNERGY" of 7 SDG's"SKY"

Jan 7, 2018 Team only
"Synergy" of 7 SDG's can be achieved through planting fruit bearing trees by elderly and promote their "Healthy Ageing"

KENYA: 48 Governments 1 Country Sustainable Development Goals ForumTeam Kenya SDGs Forum

Jan 7, 2018 Anyone
Kenya is made up of 47 devolved County Governments and 1 national government that need to coordinate and work together to attain the SDGs.


Jan 7, 2018 Team only
Combine modern and traditional techniques to raise the sea water to the desert and steam it, for free energy, fresh water and salt


Jan 7, 2018 Team only
To impart Permaculture knowledge and technology to smallholder farmers to achieve the UN's 2030 agenda sustainable development goals.

Synergistic Solutions Global Network (Network)Team Synergy

Jan 7, 2018 Team only
Networking existing resources and engaging women & youth to deliver proven solutions to address ten Sustainable Development Goals.


Jan 7, 2018 Team only
Media Groups are mainly associated with local political issues and propaganda, rather than ensuring communication awareness on the 17 SDGs.


Jan 7, 2018 Team only
Solar Energy Technology for Waste Water Treatment, Electricity Generation, and Indoor Hydroponic Farming

Youth Climate Leaders (YCL)YouthClimateLeaders

Jan 7, 2018 Team only
Young people traveling the world and working together to learn more about climate change and start their careers as climate leaders

Acacia: Answer to Climate Change, Economic Empowerment & Food Security in ASALsAcacia Forest Finance

Jan 7, 2018 Team only
The adoption of acacia Senegal tree species as an agroforestry system for the benefit of environment and Kenya’s population in ASAL areas.

Land for Life: An alternative to slash-and-burn in the world’s rain forestsInga Foundation: Land for Life team

Jan 7, 2018 Team only
“Guama”, an integrated agroforestry model, is transforming family livelihoods, saving rain forests; restoring degraded soils and landscapes

WAR: Waste, A source of Resource- Learn to EmpowerTeam- WAR

Jan 7, 2018 Team only
Project WAR utilizes poor women affected by dumped waste by providing earning source at the same time preventing production greenhouse gas.

Eco LibraryHicham Filali Zehri

Jan 7, 2018 Team only
Any education can help people be sustainable. What if this education is based on Green system of life ?

Renewable Energy Generated by the Impacts of Natural and Accidental DisastersSpyros Schismenos and A. Castaneda

Jan 7, 2018 Team only
Mini hydropower, Natural Disaster, self-activated early warning gauges andsafety and survival rate of poorly prepared communities..

Recyclebot - Adding value to all waste.Chifungu Samazaka

Jan 6, 2018 Team only
App that allows any waste buyer to source specific waste directly from the producer, giving you the ability to buy, sell and reuse waste.

Clean environment pureGreen Planet

Jan 6, 2018 Team only
Practical steps for the development of environmental technologyby increasing green patches in third world countries

Release the power of example and combine actions to achieve SDG goalsJan Kunnas

Jan 6, 2018 Team only
The SDGs provide an opportunity to break free from the one sided goal of economic growth, while unleashing the power of example!

Business plan for production and marketing of compost from urban solid wastesWassie Haile Woldeyohannes and 1 other

Jan 6, 2018 Team only
Converting urban solid wastes into compost forms will have social, economic and environmental benefits; and helps to reduce GHG emissions

Role of Outsourcing Climate Information Service Delivery Task to Private sectorsWassie Haile Woldeyohannes and 2 others

Jan 6, 2018 Team only
Involving private sectors in weather and climate information service delivery task accelerate its dissemination and uptake by users.

Potential of zeolites for conserving moisture in drought prone areas of AfricaWassie Haile Woldeyohannes

Jan 6, 2018 Team only
Moisture conserving ability of Zeolite minerals can be exploited to enhance crop and tree production in drought prone areas of Africa.

Investigating the generation of e-waste as an emerging factor to climate change.E.I.T.A

Jan 6, 2018 Team only
Rapid growth in electronic devices and appliances today posses a question to how much of it is disposed rightfully with no e-waste plant?

Role of farmers call center for increasing access to agricultural informationWassie Haile Woldeyohannes and 2 others

Jan 6, 2018 Team only
Farmers will receive advice on agricultural technologies and climate information services in their own languages by calling to call centers

ClimeDoc to achieve SDGsClimate Advocacy International

Jan 6, 2018 Team only
A documentary on impacts of climate change significantly contributes promotion of appropriate actions to achieve SDGs in developing nations

Integrated Roadmap for Communal Sustainable DevelopmentCaleb, Charles, and Dan

Jan 5, 2018 Team only
A modular sustainable development framework for communities that is cognizant of the synergistic nature of infrastructure and society.

Living Energy- connecting science, design and nature to light up our world.Team Living Light

Jan 5, 2018 Team only
We can provide our world with sustainable energy by tapping into nature with care. We present you a lamp which lights up using plant power.

Leo Leo Eco-TransportSOLAR TRICYCLE

Jan 5, 2018 Team only
Foster economic empowerment and improve food security as well as access to reliable solar energy consumption and mitigate climate change

ClimateCoop – The Climate Consortium

Jan 5, 2018 Team only
A blockchain based collaboration & governance platform, enabling climate initiatives to discover partners, build consortiums & run projects.

The Climate Plan complemented by responsible handling of inorganic wasteSam Carana

Jan 5, 2018 Team only
Sam Carana's Climate Plan complemented by responsible handling of inorganic waste, focusing on local feebates

CoLab City - a blueprint for green cities - a road-map to restoring the planetEmil Jacob

Jan 4, 2018 Team only
A blueprint for large scale cities sustained by renewable resources providing a high quality of life without depleting the planet

Insulating Ceramic Rocket Stoves, Through Mass Production TechniquesCeramic Rocket Stoves Mass Produced

Jan 4, 2018 Team only
The rocket stove design is arguably the most environmentally sound. Insulating ceramic rocket stoves can be mass produced almost anywhere.


Jan 4, 2018 Team only
Smartphone app, internet of things, opendata can be used to deliver personal climate service, security & environmental monitoring worldwide

Holistic green development paradigm for sustenance of planetGreen team

Jan 4, 2018 Team only
Innovative development pathway to optimize the multidimensional wellbeing of human and nature is critical need of present world

System approach for greening the conventional agribusinessGreen team

Jan 4, 2018 Team only
Alliancing Green producers and green consumers for green future


Jan 3, 2018 Team only
Generating entrepreneurial ecosystem that facilitates the transformation of ideas into enterprises in the rural areas & the forest landscape

Global waste reduction and Climate Change slowdown through systemic approachEco-Buddy

Jan 3, 2018 Team only
We're intended to create a holistic systemic approach and processes on waste reduction which is easily adaptable to any country.

Plant the plant that makes money: Creating maximum output from cultivationShah Md. Abubakar Siddique

Jan 2, 2018 Team only
Guiding the farmers to change their crop type according to the climate, temperature, soil, and rainfall; so that maximum output is gained.

Emergency Military Action to Save the EarthDavid Lundman

Jan 1, 2018 Team only
The Earth is going extinct from pollution so all militaries should unite and destroy the corrupt companies whose pollution is killing us.


Dec 31, 2017 Team only
Population control solves EVERY identified problem facing humanity. You don't get more synergistic that that.

Leveraging Telecommunication for decoupling SDGs using a whole systems approach.Valentine Kanu

Dec 31, 2017 Team only
Building an ICT-led citizen movement to address some of the Sustainable Development Goals and climate action from the bottom up.


Dec 30, 2017 Team only

The Final SolutionFilip Kopr?ina

Dec 26, 2017 Team only
I believe that we can cool down the Earth by watering Sahara desert. We would grow plants which produce oxygen and thus decrease CO2 numbers

Greenhouses for PovertyMaeve and Esther

Dec 21, 2017 Team only
Our plan is to build large-scale greenhouses for countries who would benefit from having a greenhouse.

Fee and divident combine with healthy dietwilliam wang

Dec 21, 2017 Team only
Using free markets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, taxing CO2 and methane gases emission. Then divide said fee evenly to everyone.

Youth Informing Communities on Climate Change Adaptation through Building HomesXela and Bay

Dec 21, 2017 Team only
Youth can strengthen a community’s awareness/livelihood by building energy efficient, environmentally sustainable homes.


Dec 19, 2017 Team only
The beekeeping project will promote conservation and tackling poverty at the grassroots level.

A new type of fiber solar cells using the effect of total internal reflection.Kovalevich

Dec 18, 2017 Team only
A new type of fiber solar cells using the effect of total internal reflection.

Biochar electrode for the recovery of acid mine drainage produced by TailingsPatrick Maheshe

Dec 11, 2017 Team only
Tailings have a real potential for contamination of ecosystem told the relaxation of metals and metalloids that should manage adequately .

Adapting the Indigenous approach to Climate Change Adaptation and MitigationPeople_Centered CC policies

Nov 29, 2017 Team only
Major constraints to achieving CC SDGs is the wide disconnect btw policies and practice not taking the affected into planning. #WithUSnot4US

Transforming plastic garbage into plastic timbers to preserve forests.EcoAct Tanzania

Nov 29, 2017 Team only
A solar powered extrude machine that uses innovative technology to transform plastic garbage into plastic timber to reduce deforestation.

New clean energy tech will reverse climate change, eliminate world povertyFred Ball

Nov 21, 2017 Team only
Disruptive 0E energy tech works better than fossil/nuke at a better value, based on a new, previously undocumented aspect of physics.

Destruction of blue-green algae (cyanobacterium) by microwave radiation.Olga Kovalevich and 1 other

Nov 19, 2017 Team only
The destruction of blue-green algae by microwave radiation on the surface of water bodies.

Public-Private-Partnerships (PPPs) for Sustainable Financing of Climate ActionsLawal Gada

Nov 13, 2017 Team only
Meeting any of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their 169 target requires financing. PPPs offers good option for financing

Solar based poly-generation system that can provide Power, Heat and Clean WaterOorjaPower

Nov 13, 2017 Team only
Our system uses Solar concentrators to provide Power, Heat and clean water at 1/3rd the capital cost of SolarPV and has no disposable costs.


Nov 11, 2017 Team only
Ecovon are developing sustainably sourced, newly engineered wood made from coconut husk and sugar cane bagasse better for people and planet.

Women-Centric Approaches to Climate Readiness in S.Asia: a Documentation ProjectSuhela Kapoor

Nov 6, 2017 Team only
Women are traditional knowledge keepers and this knowledge should inform climate-ready practices and policies.

RELOCATION STRATEGY; Electric Propulsion Engines (FAD)Sherman Braithwaite

Nov 4, 2017 Team only

Destruction of weeds(seeds)by microwave radiation.Reducing the use of herbicidesMaksim Kovalevich and 2 others

Nov 4, 2017 Team only
Destruction of weeds (seeds) by microwave radiation. Reducing the use of herbicides.

Plug&Play Solar Cooling & a/cPURIX

Nov 3, 2017 Team only
Cooling and a/c based on water as natural refrigerant and renewable thermal energy sources such as solar, district heating, biomass etc.

Integrating Demographic Dividend with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)Robel Bekele

Nov 3, 2017 Team only
Focusing on the working age group and integrate it with the goals of sustainable development is very crucial.

Login and watch commercial advertisment as a charitable donationPatrick Sullivan

Nov 2, 2017 Team only
People can watch commercial advertisement on their smart devices to fund charity. Local campuses can end hunger and homelessness worldwide.

Re-engineering ICT and Sciengineering projects in African Basic Schools.HIKEY

Nov 2, 2017 Team only
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