What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a global initiative and a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity under the slogan of No One Left Behind.

The SDGs are a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we all face building on 17 interconnected goals and 169 targets set by the United Nations General Assembly set in 2015 to achieve by the year 2030.


The UNDP Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (PAPP) derives its mandate from United Nations General Assembly Resolution 33/147 of 20 December 1978. Called upon by United Nations Member States in that year, UNDP was requested “to improve the economic and social conditions of the Palestinian people by identifying their social and economic needs and by establishing concrete projects to that end.”

Anchored in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and committed to the principles of universality, equality and leaving no one behind, the UNDP vision for the Strategic Plan, 2018-2021 is to support countries by eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, accelerating structural transformations for sustainable development and building resilience to crises and shocks.  

Who are the National Committee for Sustainable Development (NCSD)?

As a part of the State of Palestine’s commitment to the follow up and engagement of the SDGs the Palestinian council of ministers issued a decree establishing a national team to lead the implementation of the SDGs under the overview of the Prime Minister’s Office. Tasked with coordination for the implementation and follow up of the SDGs amongst all related stakeholders, including members from NGOs and the private sector.

Led by the PMO, the National Committee for Sustainable Development was formed based on lessons learned from the Millennium Development Goals to allow different partners to participate in the monitoring and implementation of the SDGs in all stages of the process from prioritization to implementation and evaluation. The responsibility of the committee is to determine sustainable development priorities in the State of Palestine and integrate them with the national framework for planning and budgeting processes, lead and coordinate on the preparation for national reviews of progress towards the SDGs.

What is the maximum amount I can receive to test my idea?

Depending on the technical needs of your idea, the grant amount may vary.

When will I know if I’ve been invited to the design workshop?

After the application process is closed our goal is to review and respond back to applicants within six weeks depending on the number of applicants. We will keep you updated on the progress of the selection process.

When is the deadline?

The deadline for each challenge is indicated in the online application form of each challenge.

Can I apply with others as a group?

Applying as a group is highly encouraged as long as the role of each team member is clear.

Who is eligible to apply?

Anyone who has a concrete idea or solution related to the identified challenges are encouraged to apply. We highly encourage people from underrepresented sectors of society to apply.