Share Your Stories - Voices of SDG16+ Video Campaign 2020

Theme: “SDG16+ and COVID-19: Local Actions for Global Solutions”

Are you working to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies? Have you been working to promote women’s political participation? Have you been supporting local-level work to improve access to justice?

Building on the resounding success of the 2019 Voices of SDG16+ campaign, this year’s video campaign will ask individuals and partners around the world to share short videos showcasing how they are contributing to advancing SDG16+, particularly in light of the COVID-19 global pandemic. The most compelling videos will be shared widely in the lead up to and during the 2020 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) from 7-16 July 2020, and the top 5 storytellers will be invited to share their stories during a dedicated 2020 HLPF Side-Event.

No matter how small our actions may seem to us, when we put them together, these stories can have great power. We want to hear how you are taking part in the global movement working to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies.

Individuals and organizations from around the world are invited to submit short videos (maximum 3 minutes) telling their “stories” of best practices and extraordinary efforts being undertaken towards SDG16+ at the national and local levels, particularly in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. Successful stories should showcase concrete examples of how SDG16+ is being implemented and is helping to positively impact people’s lives. In particular, videos should also highlight why participants feel that SDG16+ is important, despite the challenges represented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants are also invited to include concrete commitment for advancing SDG16+, highlighting plans for a long-term impact in their communities.

Deadline for submissions: Sunday, 21 June 2020

Please read through the guidelines and selection criteria thoroughly below before submitting your video.


The more creative the better!

Entries should demonstrate any innovative and/or inspiring approaches to using SDG16+ in a practical way.

How to Submit

There is no need to use any professional equipment – videos can be shot on any standard smart phone. Entries should also:

  • demonstrate how you have worked to achieve peace, justice, and inclusive institutions through action in your community, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • tell us and show us who is doing the work
  • briefly explain (and if possible show) the context you are working in and challenges you face.
  • demonstrate what is being done to address these challenges, and how Sustainable Development Goal 16+ has helped in overcoming them
  • mention how this action can continue in the future.

Please title video submission as: name of organization_video

Sample Videos

2019 Sample Video: Chai Ki Dukaan

Submission and Selection Process and Criteria:

A total of 10 videos will be selected by the campaign to be featured in our ongoing virtual outreach on behalf of the campaign throughout 2020. Additionally, the top 5 videos will have the opportunity to participate in a virtual side-event at the 2020 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, set to be hosted from the 7-16 July 2020.

  • Only entries submitted via the correct platform (see above) will be considered.
  • The video must be no longer than four minutes. Entries that do not adhere to this will not qualify.
  • If it is found that any entrant has knowingly provided false information, the entry will be disqualified.
  • Include a brief written description supporting your video submission. By submitting an entry, you give permission for this information to be shared.

2019 Sample Video: Women in Alternative Action

Terms and Conditions and Disclaimer:

Given the current circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we strongly urge all participants to abide by all local social distancing guidelines, and do not endorse participants violating any local guidelines, laws or regulations related to the COVID-19 situation in their localities. Therefore, we would encourage participants to submit videos taken in their homes or places of residence, as a way of discouraging and limiting interactions that could put themselves or others at risk of spreading COVID-19 in their communities. All activities related to the creation of videos submitted are at the sole discretion of the participants themselves, and the Campaign takes no responsibility for any actions taken by participants that violate any local guidelines and regulations related to COVID-19.

For more information on limitations and guidelines for this campaign, please be sure to read our full Terms and Conditions document on our website here.