Global Innovation Challenge for Innovators to Face Climate Change from UNOPS
United Nations Office for Project Services

Global Innovation Challenge for Innovators to Face Climate Change from UNOPS


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31 Jul 2020
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UNOPS Global Innovation Challenge is inviting innovators, entrepreneurs, programmers and developers to provide the creative ideas and solutions needed to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This challenge aims to develop new technology solutions for creating infrastructure, networks and systems that can withstand shocks and stresses due to climate change.

About the Competition:-

  • Climate change is one of the defining challenges of our time. From the stability of our ecosystems affecting human health, to our ability to grow food and create thriving communities, our future depends on how we tackle this challenge. 

  • Addressing the impacts of climate change on people, communities and nations requires the world’s infrastructure to be more resilient and better equipped to withstand increasingly frequent extreme weather events – ensuring that all people, in all corners of the world, can adapt, survive and prosper.

Solutions Specifications:-

  • UNOPS is calling on innovators and entrepreneurs to develop new technology solutions for creating infrastructure, networks and systems that can withstand shocks and stresses. The solutions need to demonstrate how technology – from sensors to artificial intelligence – could build climate resilience, helping societies prepare for and adapt to the challenges posed by climate change.
  • Data on our climate and natural resources – such as forests and ocean – can be captured and analyzed. Accurately analyzing and utilizing that data will play an important role in designing and building resilient infrastructure, networks and systems.
  • Solutions could range from ensuring reliable power generation and effective emergency responses in the midst of a fierce storm, to advancing sustainable agriculture and protecting biodiversity. It could include improving access to clean and safe drinking water – and much, much more.
  • Solutions submitted in this challenge do not need to be commercialized and will be treated by our review team as confidential.
  • The resilient infrastructure is the ability of infrastructure (such as schools, bridges and hospitals), as well as infrastructure networks and systems (such as transport, water and energy), to anticipate, absorb, adapt and recover from natural shocks and stresses.


This programme is open to both individuals and groups, such as business entities and other types of organizations. 


  • The top candidates from this review process will be invited to a boot camp in Kobe, Japan. All those selected should be available in person for a four-day period.

  • Selected participants will be given the opportunity to join one of UNOPS Global Innovation Centre Incubators for a 12-month period. They will receive support to help advance their solution to the marketplace.

  • Participants with solutions that demonstrate the most potential will be given the opportunity to develop a pilot in collaboration with UNOPS, at a suitable location. For more information, click here.

About UNOPS:-

The United Nations Office for Project Services ‘UNOPS’ is an operational arm of the United Nations, dedicated to implementing projects for the United Nations System, international financial institutions, governments and other partners around the world. Its mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development. UNOPS is focused on implementation, with a commitment to UN values and private sector efficiency.

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