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Finalists Announced for the UN’s Absorbing Climate Impacts Contest


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MIT Climate CoLab, UN Climate Resilience Initiative, and InsuResilience are excited to announce the Finalists for the Absorbing Climate Impacts contest. Expert Judges evaluated the 72 proposals submitted to the platform and selected 10 proposals to advance as Semi-Finalists. Semi-Finalists then had the opportunity to revise their proposals prior to a second evaluation.  Out of these, 4 proposals were chosen by the Judging panel to continue to the final round of selection and public voting.  Read more about the contest here.

We commend the Finalists for all their hard work and accomplishment over the last several months.  Congratulations!


Public Voting Period Now Open!

Today, we announce the start of the Public Voting Period, which runs from now until July 31 at 11:59 PM ET. During this time, anyone from around the globe is invited to cast their vote for their favorite proposal. The proposal with the greatest number of votes will be named as the Popular Choice Winner.


The Popular Vote Winner will win an expenses-paid trip (including flight, accommodation, and meals) to attend the InsuResilience Global Partnership Forum in 2018 during COP24, where the winner will be given the opportunity to present the proposal to a community of practitioners, policymakers and private sector representatives.

In addition, the Judges’ Choice Winner will be selected from the Finalists by the judging panel and will be provided with seed funding for implementation of the proposal (worth 40,000 euros) and mentoring, training and technical assistance (worth 12,000 euros).

To Vote

  1. Sign up or login to the Climate CoLab website;
  2. Click one of the Finalists’ proposals to read their work; and
  3. Select the “Vote for proposal” button on the proposal page.

You are given one vote and may change your vote as many times as you wish until the deadline. All voting is subject to the Climate CoLab’s voting rules.   Vote now!

Share the #climatevote

Be part of the conversation by discussing & sharing your favorite proposals over social media, using the hashtag #climatevote in your posts, and tagging us @ClimateCoLab.



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