We are seeking entries that exemplify work done at local level to advance SDG16+, for example such as advancing youth inclusion, women’s political participation, resilience and adaptation to climate change, the role of Civil Society in leading up the charge for SDG16+ in the context of multiple crises.

Building on the resounding success of the 2019, 2020 and 2021 Voices of SDG16+ campaigns, the Voices of SDG16+ Campaign is again seeking videos from local SDG16+ practitioners around the world to share short videos showcasing how they are contributing to advancing SDG16+, particularly taking into account interlinkages with other SDGs under the themes of gender equality and environmental justice. The most compelling videos will be shared widely in the lead up to and during the 2022 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) from 5-15 July 2022, and the top 5 storytellers will be invited to share their stories during a virtual 2022 HLPF Side-Event, alongside the alumni of past Voices of SDG16+ Campaigns from 2019, 2020 and 2021.

No matter how small our actions may seem to us, when we put them together, these stories can have great power. We want to hear how you are taking part and leading the charge in the global movement working to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies.

Individuals and partners from around the world are invited to submit short videos (max 3 minutes) telling their “stories” of best practices and extraordinary efforts being undertaken towards SDG16+ at the national and local levels, particularly as communities are attempting to build back better from the COVID-19 crisis and amid new and worrying trends in shrinking civic spaces, and rising expenditures in military infrastructures and weapons of war.

Successful stories can be told in English, French, Arabic or Spanish, and should ideally feature both challenges and successes in pursuing advancement of the #2030Agenda at national and subnational levels, and should showcase examples of how SDG16+ is being implemented and is helping to positively impact people’s lives - especially taking into account interlinkages with other SDGs under the themes of gender equality and environmental justice, as they are being reviewed in this year’s HLPF in New York.

Deadline for submissions: Wednesday, 15 June 2021

Please read through the guidelines and selection criteria thoroughly below before submitting your video.


The more creative the better!

Entries should demonstrate any innovative and/or inspiring approaches to using SDG16+ in a practical way.

How to Submit

There is no need to use any professional equipment – videos can be shot on any standard smart phone. Entries should also:

  • demonstrate how you have worked to achieve peace, justice, and inclusive institutions through action in your community, particularly in light of current crises (COVID-19, global impact of Ukraine crisis, rise in authoritarianism, shrinking of civic spaces) and in recognition of the interlinkages with other SDGs under the themes of gender equality and environmental justice
  • tell us and show us who is doing the work
  • briefly explain (and if possible show) the context you are working in and challenges you face.
  • demonstrate what is being done to address these challenges, and how Sustainable Development Goal 16+ has helped in overcoming them
  • mention how this action can continue in the future.

Please title video submission as: name of organization_video

Submission and Selection Process and Criteria:

A total of 10 videos will be selected by the campaign to be featured in our ongoing virtual outreach on behalf of the campaign throughout 2022. Additionally, the top 5 videos will have the opportunity to participate in a virtual side-event at the 2022 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, set to be hosted from the 5-15 July 2022.

  • Only entries submitted via the correct platform (see above) will be considered.
  • The video must be no longer than three minutes. Entries that do not adhere to this will not qualify.
  • If it is found that any entrant has knowingly provided false information, the entry will be disqualified.
  • Include a brief written description supporting your video submission. By submitting an entry, you give permission for this information to be shared

Critera for Selection of Videos