The Innovators Awards in Global Affairs

The 2023 Innovators Awards in Global Affairs

The Innovators Award in Global Affairs recognizes and celebrates dynamic individuals or organizations that demonstrate exceptional innovation and unconventional approaches/initiatives in addressing complex global challenges.


Potential awardees can be in the following categories but are not limited to:

  • People-to-People Diplomacy and Sustainable Cultural Exchanges: Recognizing initiatives that foster cross-cultural understanding, promote people-to-people diplomacy, and facilitate sustainable cultural exchanges to enhance global cooperation and mutual understanding
  • Global Advocacy and Diplomacy: Acknowledging organizations that engage in international affairs advocacy, championing important global issues, and influencing policy through diplomatic efforts.
  • Track II Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution: Acknowledging initiatives that facilitate non-governmental dialogue and engagement, promoting peaceful solutions to international conflicts and fostering mutual understanding.
  • Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response: Highlighting organizations that provide innovative approaches in delivering humanitarian aid, responding to crises, and addressing the urgent needs of affected communities worldwide.
  • Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution: Recognizing initiatives that actively promote peace, mediate conflicts, and support efforts to build sustainable peace in regions affected by political instability or armed conflict.
  • Digital Diplomacy and Technology Innovation: Recognizing initiatives that leverage digital platforms, technology, and innovative approaches to enhance diplomatic efforts, global communication, and cross-cultural engagement.
  • Economics and Global Development: Celebrating initiatives that address economic challenges, promote sustainable economic development, foster economic exchange, and contribute to reducing poverty and inequality on a global scale.

Eligibility Criteria

In the past, we have given awards in the following categories:



  • Spotlighted at a signature New York City gathering on the heels of the UN general assembly
  • Bring your initiative to the attention of leading policymakers, business leaders, philanthropy, and others
  • Join the diverse community of Network 20/20 which includes past global innovators awardees, business leaders, philanthropists, and other professional leaders around the world

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