2020 Transformative Action Award to recognize transformative actions carried out by European cities, regions, or civil society organization


Open for applications: 31 March 2020

Closing date: 23.59 (CEST), 31 July 2020

Transformative Action Award ceremony:  30 September 2020, during the 9th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns – Mannheim2020


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Transformative Action Award, 2020


The European sustainability award, co-organised by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the Basque Country, and the City of Aalborg (Denmark) and supported by the European Committee of the Regions and the European Investment Bank, is given to a city, region or civil society organisation, which implements the 15 pathways outlined in the Basque Declaration to bring about the socio-cultural, socio-economic, and technological transformation of their community.

The actions taken are local or regional contributions to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement.


  • €10.000 to kick-start a Transformative Action in your city, region or municipality
  • Showcase on the Sustainable Cities Platform
  • Promotion through ICLEI website, ICLEI in Europe e-newsletter and social media channels
  • Publicity in publications related to sustainable development
  • A trophy and the right to be called ‘Transformative Action of the year 2020’
  • Digital ‘Transformative Action of the year 2020’ icon for use on websites, Social Media accounts and in email signature
  • Free entrance to the 9th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns – Mannheim2020 (Sep 30-2 Oct, Mannheim, Germany)


The competition is open to any local or regional authority, or civil society organisation located in an EU Member State, EEA country or EU candidate or accession country that has endorsed the Basque Declaration. Endorsing the Basque Declaration only takes a few minutes and can be done on our website. For more information about the Basque Declaration and how to endorse it, click here.


We are looking for transformative actions with a high level of innovation, for example in terms of social innovation and civic economy, that inspire others to replicate the action elsewhere in Europe. Actions are preferably part of a local strategy or vision rather than standalone.

Transformative actions should combine various pathways and address one or more agendas of the Basque Declaration, and should achieve a comprehensive transformation with a positive local or regional impact.


Applicants should complete and submit their application form by 23.59 (CEST), 31 July 2020 through the Transformative Actions Database.

All questions need to be answered using no more than the number of words allowed for each question. The insertion of links to videos, images and documents is allowed.

All submissions in the database, which fulfill the eligibility criteria and were not considered for the 2019, 2018, or 2017 editions of the award, will be automatically entered into the 2020 Award.

Craig Zelizer

Craig Zelizer

Dr. Craig Zelizer is the Founder of PCDN.global, which connects a global community of changemakers to the tools, community and opportunities to build careers of impact and scale change. He has strong experience in the development sector, academia and social entrepreneurship. From 2005 to 2016 he served as a professor in the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University (where he still teaches). He has led trainings, workshops and consultancies in over 20 countries organizations including with USIP, USAID, CRS, Rotary International and others. Craig is a recognized leader in the social sector field. He has received several awards including George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s alumni of the year award and an alumni career achievement award from Central European University. Dr. Zelizer spent two years in Hungary as Fulbright Scholar and was a Boren Fellow in Bosnia. He has published widely on peacebuilding, entrepreneurship, and innovation in higher education.
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