The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)


Innovation and entrepreneurship will play a critical role in helping communities and nations mitigate and respond to some of the world’s biggest challenges, including climate change.

S3i Innovation Challenge

To inspire bold ideas, our S3i Innovation Centres host challenges – in collaboration with global partners – and provide the necessary platform and support to create and implement new ideas.

Have an out-of-the-box idea to advance technology in the face of climate change? Learn more about UNOPS S3i Innovation Challenge today.

Faced with multiple crises, the world needs bold ideas. Sustainable solutions. And a nurturing environment that supports innovation.

The S3i Innovation Programme aims to solve real world challenges by advancing innovation and private sector involvement, as well as leverage new technologies to provide practical solutions with tangible impact.

To achieve the Global Goals we must work together – building new partnerships to innovate and deliver better value for money. The ideas of today are not enough.

Grete Faremo - UNOPS Executive Director

S3i Innovation Centres

S3i Innovation Centres bring together a diverse range of innovators, entrepreneurs, programmers and researchers to provide creative ideas and solutions needed to advance the 2030 Agenda and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.


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Our S3i Innovation Centres support innovation by building local communities and reliable networks to draw on expertise, knowledge and technology.

The community model seeks to tap into the unique perspectives and contextual knowledge of each S3i Innovation Centre location and to develop and run events and activities to inspire, activate and support the growth of new ideas.

Are you up for the challenge?

S3i innovation programme membership

UNOPS S3i Innovation Centres offer a partnership arrangement to private sector organizations that would like to become global members.

Exclusive benefits for global members of the innovation programme include the opportunity to co-design S3i Innovation Centre innovation challenges and to participate in the panel selecting the winners. Global members will also have the ability to invest in start-up companies identified through the innovation challenges.

Interested in becoming a global member of our innovation programme? contact your local S3i Innovation Centre to join the SDG Innovation Community!


  • Japan

    With support from the City of Kobe and the Hyogo Prefecture, the S3i Innovation Centre in Kobe, Japan will provide valuable opportunities for public-private sector collaboration to address global challenges.

    Contact details

    SMBC Bank Kobe Main Office

    Naniwamachi 56, Chuo Ward

    Kobe, Hyogo 650-8660




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  • Sweden

    Formally established in October 2019, the S3i Innovation Centre in Malmö nurtures innovation and fosters partnerships to help identify the solutions and technologies needed to tackle the climate crisis and achieve long-term sustainable development.

    Contact details


    Anckargripsgatan 3

    211 19 Malmö




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