7 Day challenge

Are you interested in challenging yourself in order to gain new knowledge, insights, and make new contacts, while at the same time reducing your carbon footprint?

The 7 Day challenge is a call to action inviting committed individuals around the world to practise sustainable urban lifestyles that will potentially improve their quality of life. The challenge involves seven days of practical sustainable solutions focusing on three categories: Live, Move and Eat that the participants communicate in their social media channels with a possible follow up event.

This toolkit contains a step-by-step manual on how to host a 7 Day challenge.

Building blocks

Manual and inspiration for participants
Poster 7 Day challenge, example 1
Poster 7 Day challenge, example 2
Please send the date and other relevant information with partner logo/s to contact person at SI, including information about A4 or A3 format, so that we can assist you.
Diploma to participants
Invitation card template for you to update  with dates and other relevant information. You may also add a partner logo in the empty space. If you wish to add more than one partner logo please contact SI.

Why not arrange a plogging activity as part of your 7 Day challenge?

Inspirational stories

Learn about the first ever 7 Day challenge in Nairobi in 2016, find out what Jakarta did in 2017 , check out the media coverage  from Hanoi or see the video below from Nairobi in 2017.


Manual on how to carry out and invite participants to a 7 Day challenge

Please use #7daychallenge in your social media work to highlight your activities with the initiative, also connected with the United Nations Sustainable Goals.

The Swedish Institute and the Green Teams Initiative must be mentioned as partners in all communication surrounding the project.

Aims and objectives

The purpose of the challenge is to encourage and strengthen sustainable urban lifestyles, based on insights from participants. The challenge aims to encourage awareness about lifestyle choices that point to sustainability.

Target groups

Students, entrepreneurs, change-makers, influencers, persons interested in sustainable lifestyle, staff at an office or an Embassy.

Financial support

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum 40,000 SEK to carry out the challenge.

For projects aiming to strengthen cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region the level of financial support is limited to a maximum of SEK 100,000. Up to 30 per cent of the granted sum may be used for external project management.

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the application form.

The application must be sent in at least two months before the event. Resources are limited and financial support may not be available at the end of the year. Limits may apply.

Individuals or organisations who would like to participate or carry out a 7 Day challenge should contact the Swedish embassy or consulate in your area.

How to report

After completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information, contact Asta Rantanen.