Celebrating the world's most innovative partnerships for sustainable development

The P4G State-of-the-Art Partnership Awards are presented annually to public-private partnerships that have achieved measurable success based on innovation, impact and scalability. We salute businesses, civil society organizations and governments working together for a more sustainable world.

An award of excellence will be presented to one partnership in each of five key SDG areas

State-of-the-Art Partnership Award applicants will be evaluated by a panel of expert judges representing each focal sector. These judges will select one finalist per sector to receive an award of excellence, which will then be invited to an awards event on September 23, 2019 on the sidelines of the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City. At this event, a second panel of judges will evaluate pitches from each finalist, from which they will choose the State-of-the-Art Partnership of the Year.

Winners will gain significant recognition as best-in-class for each of the five eligible SDGs. At the awards event in New York City, finalists will be announced to an audience of high-level government and corporate attendees and gain exposure through their partnership presentations. Following the selection of the Partnership of the Year, award winners will be featured and promoted across the networks of all State-of-the-Art Partnership promotional partners and considered for inclusion in the P4G State-of-the-Art Partnership report planned for release at the 2020 P4G Global Summit.

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Judges Will Choose Winners Based on the Following Criteria:
  • Eligibility—Address one or more of P4G’s five targeted SDGs. Partnership includes combination of civil society, government and business organizations.
  • Impact—Partnership has demonstrated measurable and verifiable outcomes. 
  • Innovation—Partnership has developed innovative solutions to address its target SDG. 
  • Scale—Partnership has grown since its launch and has demonstrated the ability to be replicated in other markets. 
  • Implementation Viability—Partnership has market-based solutions that has or can attract a level of commercial investment and/or support.

Review our criteria document before submitting your application.

Three Steps to Apply
1. Answer the Initial Screening Questions

The screening questions will be used to determine if your partnership meets the basic qualifications for a P4G State-of-the Art Award. The application form and materials and the link to the online application form will only become available should you successfully complete these initial questions. 

2. Download the Application Materials

Once you have successfully completed the screening questions in Step 1, you will gain access to downloadable application materials, as well as a link to the online submission form. We advise that you take the time to prepare your answers before completing the online form to ensure the most complete answers possible.

3. Submit All Materials via the Application Form

Complete the online application form after your have reviewed your answers. Applications must be received no later than June 30, 2019. Early submissions are encouraged!

Sector Judges

Food and Agriculture: Craig Hanson

Vice President for Food, Forest, Water & the Ocean
World Resources Institute

Water: Kala Vairavamoorthy

Executive Director
The International Water Association

Energy: Rachel Kyte


Cities: Charlotte Breen

Head, Green Economy & Innovation

Circular Economy: David McGinty

Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE)
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Get to Know the 2018 Winners

At the 2018 P4G Copenhagen Summit, P4G and experts from around the world recognized five partnerships pursuing innovation in P4G's key SDG areas. Among these five, the Courtauld Commitment 2025 was awarded the 2018 Partnership-of-the-Year Award for its widely adopted approach to minimizing food waste.

View All 2018 State-of-the-Art Partnerships

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