United Nations Innovation Award: Call for Stories

Deadline: 14 May 2013
Open to: People from all around the world
Prize: An award certificate from the United Nations


The Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) seeks to find and bring to scale the most incredible stories on people’s empowerment around the globe. Stories like yours!

This innovation award represents DSPD’s commitment to the promotion of people’s empowerment and social development globally. It is administered by DSPD as part of its mission to promote more equitable growth, seeks to identify innovative approaches for poverty eradication, social integration, full employment and decent work for all.


You can nominate yourself, or another person you admire who empowered you and therefore your unique and special story. Organizers truly believe that the major social challenges of our time can be solved only with the full participation of people at all levels of society.

How to submit a story

To submit your story, please complete the online form following 2 basic rules:

  1. – 1.000 words maximum for your written story (in English)
  2. – 10 minutes maximum for your recorded video-story (in English or with English subtitles)

You can submit your story online here. The deadline for submitting your stories is 14 May 2013.


Once the selection process is completed, organizers will be honored to announce the final six winners on their website. Winners will also receive an award certificate from the United Nations.