The talents are welcomed to Singapore. Here they will have a opportunity to meet each other and be inspired by Singaporean projects and learn from the Singaporean way of life.
The talents goes through a facilitated process of innovation, uniquely tailored by UNLEASH and Deloitte. They form teams to explore real-life challenges within the SDG themes from multiple angles, before defining specific problems and coming up with preliminary solutions. These solution are tested with leading experts and company partners, then refined, and ultimately presented to peers and panels of judges and mentors.
At the end of this rapid-fire innovation process, each team of talents have a draft SDG solution, implementation plan, and presentation – making them ready for their pitches.
All talents gathered before the final sprint on their SDG solutions.
All teams present their solutions and the top teams advance to present their solutions to investors and experts. The top teams within each SDG theme present in front of a high-level panel, and a gold, silver and bronze winner is chosen.
At the final UNLEASH Awards Show all talents and UNLEASH partners come together, and innovators and thought leaders celebrate their work. The final winners get to pitch in front of everybody and are handed special awards.
About 30% of the food produced every year is lost or wasted. To reach SDG2, food waste is just one of the areas that need new solutions. Within the goal are targets to ensure all people, particularly those in vulnerable positions, such as infants, have access to nutritious and sufficient food all year round. Another target is to end all forms of malnutrition.
On the production side, the target is to double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers.
Ending hunger demands sustainable food production systems and resilient agricultural practices. One aspect of that is maintaining the genetic diversity of plants and animals, which is crucial for agriculture and food production.
An estimated 2 billion USD worth of unexpired medications are discarded at long-term care facilities in the US, while, an estimated 40% of the 1 million health centers in developing countries are stocked out of supplies or medications.
The medical supply chain is one of the challenges related to SDG3. This goal encompasses both challenges in the medical sector, and fighting diseases, as well as targets for reduction of deaths caused by traffic, pollution or alcohol abuse.
Data from 2005 to 2015 indicate that over 40% of all countries have less than one physician per 1,000 people, and around half have fewer than three nurses or midwives per 1,000 people.
Despite significant progress since 2000, an estimated 59 million children of primary school age and 65 million adolescents of lower secondary school age – of whom girls remain a majority – were still out of school in 2013. An essential part of education and access to knowledge is related to ICT, which is why this is part of the theme as well.
The targets within SDG4 include equal access to education for girls and boys, providing more knowledge to teachers in sustainability issues, making education more affordable and ensuring quality at all levels of education.
More than 50% of the 663 million people worldwide who lack access to safe drinking water live in Sub-Saharan Africa, predominately in rural areas.
The target goals for SDG6 includes achieving universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water. This includes improving water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping, increasing water-use efficiency, and protecting and restoring water-related ecosystems.
More than 2 billion people globally are living in countries with excess water stress, which is defined as the ratio of total freshwater withdrawn to total renewable freshwater resources in the country being above a threshold of 25%.
More than 1 billion people lack electricity and many experience frequent outages. Reaching universal access to electricity by 2030 will require 70% of rural people gain access through decentralized systems.
Reaching SDG7 requires new energy models. The targets for SDG7 include doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency, as well as upgrading technology for supplying modern and sustainable energy in all developing countries.
The share of renewable energy in final energy consumption grew modestly from 2012 to 2014, and solar and wind power still make up a relatively minor share of energy consumption, despite their rapid growth in recent years.
By 2050, urban areas will account for 70-75% of the world’s population, equaling 3 billion people more than today.
Sustainable cities and communities is SDG11, and includes access to adequate, safe and affordable housing, access to a sustainable transportation system, upgrading slums, reducing risks of natural disasters, attention to air quality and access to public green spaces.
Air pollution is a major environmental health risk. In 2014, 9 out of 10 who live in cities were breathing air that did not comply with the safety standard set by WHO.
The safe removal and management of solid waste represents one of the most vital urban environmental services. Uncollected solid waste blocks drains, causes flooding and may lead to the spread of water-borne diseases.
Every year until the culmination of the 2030 Agenda UNLEASH will be held in a new country. The SDGs will be explored through the lens of the host country, using local ways of living, thinking and working to ignite discussion and unlock new perspectives.