Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption Named Finalist Of The First Ever United Nations SDG Action Awards

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Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption (CYIAC) has been announced today as a finalist of the United Nations SDG Action Awards in the category COMMUNICATOR.

The Awards recognize the most outstanding and innovative efforts to inspire action on the Sustainable Development Goals, a set of goals adopted by countries to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda.

The Awards are powered by the United Nations SDG Action Campaign. Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on 21 March 2018, during the second edition of the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development, the world’s annual gathering to catalyze action for the SDGs, happening in Bonn, Germany (21-23 March 2018). For more information on the Awards, go

The goal of CYIAC is tackle the menace corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery to promote culture of Integrity and build sustainable community through creative development in children and youth. CYIAC strategy is channelled towards sustainable corruption prevention towards achieving SDGs in 2030. The initiative is currently empowering youth towards economic and social development, leading to wider participation of youth nationwide. Progress is made towards implementation of effective policies through government participation and support.

“The challenges we are facing are huge, but through this first edition we have we seen once again, that there are many people, businesses, organisations and governments creating positive change and having outstanding impact in their communities”, says Mitchell Toomey, Global Director of the UN SDG Action Campaign.

“We need to showcase and celebrate these bold and creative change-makers, learn from them and connect them to ensure they can scale and inspire others. In this first year of the UN SDG Action Awards, we have had outstanding competition and all should be immensely proud of what they have achieved”, added Toomey.

The Awards draw attention to the need to learn from change-makers from across the globe and celebrate the most impactful and innovative achievements contributing to the global sustainable development movement.
The first edition received over 740 nominations from 7 continents and 125 countries, ranging from Zambia to Fiji, from Benin to Norway, from civil society and grassroots initiatives to public sector and municipal government projects, as well as private sector engagements. Finalists are being carefully reviewed by 12 prominent figures within the global SDG community.
The Awards recognize initiatives in seven categories: mobilizer, includer, communicator, visualizer, innovator, storyteller and connector. The CYIAC anti-corruption awareness campaign tagged “CYIAC Corruption Busters (CCB)”
Animated Movie Series targeted general public with a view to :
• Draw the attention of general public to corrupt practices associated with their everyday life and its unimaginable negative impact on individuals and society. This campaign is depicted in musical format.

• The educational series of the campaign targets primary and secondary schools, tertiary institutions and undergraduates; to help them understand the ills of corruption and how their talents and creativity can be innovated to curb corruption and lead change in the future.

• Influence policy maker to effectively implement changes that will boost the economy; and establish a system based on integrity and accountability.

CCB campaign was launched on December 9, 2017 to mark International Anti-Corruption Day. It was based on raw ideas from young people to promote culture of integrity. The project provides participants with capabilities they require to become economically productive, develop sustainable livelihoods, contribute to peace, justice and strong institutions and boldness to create their desired future.

The Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development is the world´s annual event to celebrate, empower, and connect the global community driving Action for the Sustainable Development Goals. Organised by the UN SDG Action Campaign with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Festival connects an inspiring mix of business leaders, activists, UN representatives, academia, governments, innovators, global organisations, and the media from across the globe. Taking place in Bonn each year, the Festival provides a dynamic and interactive space to showcase the latest innovations, tools and approaches to SDG action and connect organizations and individuals from different sectors and regions to exchange, build partnerships, and make the impact of their solutions scale. For more information, please visit the page of the festival and the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. The official hashtag for the event is #SDGglobalfest. The hashtag for the UN SDG Action Awards is #SDGawards.

ABOUT THE UN SDG ACTION CAMPAIGN The UN SDG Action Campaign is a special initiative of the UN-Secretary General, administered by UNDP to create awareness about the 2030 Agenda, empower and inspire people across the world to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while generating political will and to help make the Goals attainable by 2030. For more information, please visit

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