In Azerbaijan, innovators vie for top spot in UNDP-supported contest

Jan 4, 2018

Ghulam Isaczai, UNDP Resident Representative in Azerbaijan at the country’s National Innovation Contest. Credit: Vidadi Dashtiyev, Ministry of Economy

Baku, 4 January 2017 – UNDP and the Government of Azerbaijan have handed awards to scholars, students and entrepreneurs as part of the country’s first innovation contest, which focused on solutions for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The winning proposals include an application allowing consumers to transfer vehicle rights to one another, a biogas station that powers electric cars using farm waste, and a firm that makes medical products and fertilizer out of algae. 

Organized by UNDP, the Ministry of Economy and the National Coordination Council on Sustainable Development (NCCSD) in Azerbaijan, the National Innovation Contest welcomed nearly 200 entries that aimed to work towards eliminating poverty, protecting Azerbaijan’s environment and diversifying the economy by 2030. 

The contestants were asked to try to address a specific local development problem, and to target at least one SDG. The applications were processed using a state-of-the-art data collection solution designed by the government to gather ideas and suggestions from the public, aiming to improve the delivery of public services across the country.

The event was part of a series of joint initiatives to mobilize citizens and businesses around sustainable development issues in Azerbaijan. 

 “Azerbaijan was one of the first nations in the region to submit their Voluntary National Report to the High-Level Political Forum,” said Ghulam Isaczai, the UNDP Resident Representative in Azerbaijan, adding that the country’s drive to achieve the goals was unparalleled.

The National Innovation Contest in Azerbaijan will continue on an annual basis to promote and support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Arzu Jafarli, Communications and External Relations Analyst for UNDP in Azerbaijan

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