For Tomorrow … how innovators across the planet are accelerating progress towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals

November 4, 2022

“For Tomorrow” celebrates and empowers people to share their creative sustainability solutions. It’s a place to connect with innovators, insights, resources, and inspiration to help build a better world for everyone.

It is a new initiative to accelerate sustainable innovation around the 17 SDGs, led by the United Nations Development Programme and supported by Hyundai. It is driven by a commitment to connecting the local innovators creating solutions for a more sustainable future and advancing these solutions to reach the ambitious goals set out in Agenda 2030.

The initiative is driven by a manifesto 2030, and promoted via an online documentary.

A film about the faces of real change

Narrated by Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley, For Tomorrow — the Documentary is the story of grassroots innovators striving to create a more sustainable future.

From a self-taught engineer who built a solar-powered car to a young woman with disabilities fighting for inclusivity, they are tackling sustainability issues on the ground and empowering their communities. Is the world ready to look elsewhere for solutions to our collective challenges?

Entrepreneurs featured in the film include:

Emmanuel Alie Mansaray (Freetown, Sierra Leone) … Tackling air pollution, 24-year-old self-taught engineer Emmanuel built the Imagination Car, Sierra Leone’s first locally made solar car, entirely from waste. Driven to address other issues in his country, he also built eight legs for amputees, and a solar-powered lamp. He is currently raising money to expand his project.

Charu Monga (Pithoragarh, India) … Professor Charu Monga is ensuring that children in remote areas have the tools to develop their problem-solving skills thanks to her educational backpack. In addition, a solar lamp is incorporated into the design to help students travel safely from school in areas where power outages are frequent.

Trinh Thi Hong (Da Nang, Vietnam) … Noticing the pile of garbage and the stench of the streets, Hong found a way to turn food waste into cleaning products. Her business transforms 109 tons of waste into 51,000 liters of product per month. It has created employment opportunities for more than 400 women, giving them financial independence and new skills.

10 de Agosto Farming Association (Ancolaca, Peru) … an agricultural association which is making the village of Ancocala agriculturally self-sufficient by structuring terraces based on traditional Inca knowledge. Located in the Andes, a region affected by climate change and water scarcity, the terraces help recycle irrigation water and protect crop fields from extreme weather conditions.

Watch the full documentary:

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