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The World Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2023 states that climate change mitigation and adaptation are the top two most severe global risks over the next decade. With less than three years to halt the rise of planet-warming carbon emissions and less than a decade to slash them almost in half, the race to zero requires conviction and collaboration amongst all stakeholders.

As Singapore steps up on its national climate target to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, we turn to youths, shapers of tomorrow’s world, to drive innovative business solutions and demand for responsible products.

Are you aspiring to drive change in our society and accelerate businesses’ commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? If you believe that businesses can do good for the community and the environment while doing well financially, the CDL-GCNS Young SDG Leaders Awards is for you!

Jointly organised by City Developments Limited (CDL) and UN Global Compact Network Singapore (GCNS), this annual case competition offers young people a platform to champion sustainable development and SDG integration into business for positive change.

Previously known as the CDL-GCNS Young CSR Leaders Award, the competition has nurtured over 3,300 young leaders since inception in 2011. By aligning with the global goals for sustainable development, the Award seeks to educate and empower young leaders with SDG knowledge and skills, while inspiring companies in Singapore to take concrete actions for the SDGs.

Who can be Young SDG Leaders?

Students from 17 to 25 years old are welcome to form teams of three to five members. Participants must be Singaporeans, Permanent Residents or Student Pass holders currently enrolled in Integrated Programme schools, Junior Colleges, Institute of Technical Education, Polytechnics, Universities and International Schools in Singapore.

Prizes for 10 Finalist Teams

Winners and finalists will receive attractive cash prizes. Prizes and certificates will be given out at an award ceremony at the GCNS Summit 2023 organised by the UN Global Compact Network Singapore in Q4 2023.

1st Prize: $10,000

2nd Prize: $4,000

3rd Prize: $2,000

2 Merit Prizes: $1,000

5 Consolation Prizes: $500