Human Act Award
As we entered into 2020, Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General announced: A Decade of Action on Delivering the SDGs. The Decade of Action is central to achieving the SDGs. We need Global Action, Local Action, and People Action. After this announcement, Human Act took this into account and established the Human Act Award, in solidarity and to show action.
Since 2020, the Human Act Award has been awarded to passionate change-makers who are dedicated to action on the world’s most pressing issues in the context of the UN SDGs Decade of Action (2020-2030).
The Human Act Award is awarded to a person or organization. The person or organization has demonstrated a visionary, courageous, knowledgeable, and creative approach to solving UN SDG, and special SDG 10, reducing inequality within and among countries.
The award will be awarded annually until 2030. It consists of a cash prize of $100,000 as well as a diploma, and a bronze sculpture by Danish artist Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen.
The winner is announced each year on International Mother Earth Day, April 22nd.
Human Act Award 2021
Sikandar Malik Siddique received the Human Act Award in 2021 in recognition of Siddique's targeted efforts against inequality, racism, discrimination, and climate change in Denmark.
Sikandar Siddique is 34 years old, born and raised in Nørrebro in Copenhagen. He was elected to the Danish Parliament in 2019.
The 2021 Human Act Award specifically focused on SDG 10, reducing inequalities within and between countries. “I am proud to present Sikandar Siddique with our annual award. He is a role model for a diverse Denmark and a strong voice in the debate on inequality, climate and Danish democracy,” says Human Act founder Djaffar Shalchi
"It is a great honor and really motivating to receive the Human Act Award - and even after one of my great role models, Greta Thunberg, received the award last year," says Sikandar Siddique. He furthermore states that the fight for a climate-responsible and diverse Denmark with equal opportunities for all has never been more urgent. "Economic inequality, racism and a wasteful over-consumption of the planet's resources mean that we as a human being are in a moment of destiny, where we must together insist on new thinking and radical solutions to pass on a sustainable world to future generations. I will do my best to live up to the honor and I will approach the task with a huge humility.”
Human Act Award 2020 goes to Greta Thunberg
The Human Act Award of 2020 was awarded to Greta Thunberg, through the Greta Thunberg Foundation, for her fearless and determined efforts to mobilize millions of people around the world to fight climate change.
“Like the climate crisis, the Corona pandemic is a child-rights crisis. It will affect all children, now and in the long-term, but vulnerable groups will be impacted the most. I’m asking everyone to step up and join us in support of UNICEF’s vital work to save children's lives, to protect health and continue education" says Greta Thunberg.
Greta Thunberg used the $100,000 award money with Human Act additional $100,000 to kick off a fundraising campaign for vulnerable children affected by the consequences of the corona crisis. The campaign called – Let´s Move Humanity for Children in the Fight against Coronavirus - raised just over $ 1.3 million for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).