Solidarity in Action


Achim Steiner

Administrator, UNDP
"COVID-19 is perhaps the greatest challenge that we have faced together since the formation of the United Nations 75 years ago. This is a very unique situation as the whole world is tackling the same problem all at once and together."

This moment is a historic opportunity for all of us. People have the power to change the world. We urgently need creative and scalable solutions that harness the positive power of solidarity and coordinated action to tackle this global challenge together and maintain this momentum beyond the crisis.

Inspiring acts of solidarity are sweeping the planet, ranging from people clapping hands for health workers from their balconies and windows, to people sewing face masks or distributing food to the elderly and most vulnerable.Millions of people, in lockdown around the world, have the will and the collective power to boost a global solidarity movement that will be able - once the health crisis is over - to address the key challenges faced by people and the planet.

This is the time to generate individual actions people can take and ways in which those actions can be connected for greater impact.

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Challenges set by our partners

by The European Commission

Ensuring solidarity across the EU

To develop specific actions that need to be taken at the EU-level to protect the health, well-being and livelihoods of citizens. These actions will include activities focused on support measures to protect citizen's jobs and income; ensuring the stable supply of protective equipment and medicine across Europe and solutions to ensure the continuous supply of basic goods and food across EU borders.

BY UN SDG Action Campaign

Connect and inspire change-makers for action, now and beyond the crisis

Now more than ever, we need greater collaboration to scale up local and digital solutions. This is the time to connect people with a passion for making a difference in tackling the most challenging issues that our communities face. This is the time to also connect actions taken by people across the world for greater impact and share the inspiring stories of the ordinary heroes who are driving change.\ The challenge is to formulate a solution that can bring together action campaigns - from the United Nations system and other institutional partners - with everyone who is inspired to take action, from civil society organizations to artists, social innovators and governments, to generate meaningful change for a better world.\ How do we harness the momentum for good that has emerged from the crisis to inspire and build a growing global community of people eager to take action, to help them learn about the ways they can contribute and connect with people, entities and resources they need?

Track brought to you by UN SDG Action Campaign

We have the winners!

Top 3 teams

Top 3 teams

10 000€

Urgent resource needs (volunteers, PPE, care home staff) are not being met because supply networks (staff agencies, volunteer bodies, manufacturers) are too fragmented for already stretched institutions to process in time. This puts strain on those triaging the deployment of resources to resource consumers (hospitals, care homes, isolating households) and leaves the vulnerable exposed, to the point of costing lives.

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The StaySafe app is a platform that helps people to help each other in an interactive, efficient and sustainable way by connecting the local force of volunteers(our heroes) with the people who need some help (including the risk groups) through integrations of maps and simple task management.

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Our accessible platform will raise awareness about positive societal developments and inspire citizens to take collective action towards a more sustainable future. We will overcome societal, territorial, and technological barriers to empower the world and create a global community with a richly diverse narrative.

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Hourtime focuses on sharing the time and skills of all stakeholders to meet various tasks and establishes the foundations for a cross-generational relationship beyond the simple need. In such a way, all the users, the elderly included, are active part of the system putting emphasis to the contribution that each individual can give to another.

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Revolution the way people help each other around the world by building a solid layer of trust by ensuring helpers know for sure, their donations are supporting the actual people in need, they decided to help and everything is complaining with their own country laws.

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SoSpesa allows to sustain and support the communities we relish. SoSpesa tackles three main areas of action: Storing and sharing information, by saving and displaying your information (grocery list and storage), and allowing you to easily signal whether first-necessity products are available.

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Our tool is created for tech savvy and non-tech savvy people (no apps, no signups) and provides on demand volunteers to people nearby.

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Zelos COVID-Help

We created a solution where local leaders can offer support to their community while civilian volunteers join their efforts during any crisis and beyond.

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Spaced is a mobile app for empowering people to stop subsequent spikes of COVID-19 after quarantines are lifted by being able to see how populated public spaces are and the best way to get to an essential location with contacting the least amount of people.

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Connect aims to help daily wage workers find alternative ways to make money during the crisis.

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