The Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development (March 21-23, BONN)


The Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development is the world´s most inspiring SDG event to celebrate, empower, and connect the global community driving Action for the Sustainable Development Goals.

Organised by the UN SDG Action Campaign with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the German Federal Foreign Office, the Festival brings together the global community taking action to make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality. It will recognize and celebrate the innovators, conveners and breakthrough actors who are transforming lives and generating practical solutions to some of the world’s most intractable problems.

Taking place in Bonn each year, the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development provides a dynamic and interactive space to showcase the latest innovations, tools and approaches to SDG implementation and connect organizations and individuals from different sectors and regions to exchange, build partnerships, and make the impact of their solutions scale.

To address the challenges of our time, an integrated approach to sustainable development is needed, as well as collective action at all levels. At the same time unique and diverse, the festival offers a platform where business leaders, activists, UN representatives, scholars, governments, innovators, global organisations, and the media from across the globe can meet to showcase achievements, increase mutual understanding and approach problems and solutions from multiple angles.

While bringing in high-level speakers and global leaders typically present at UN conferences, the festival also holds inclusiveness and openness as its main pillars. Participants are the co-creators and co-curators of the main program and the multi-format sessions are focused on showcasing concrete, disruptive approaches to solve the world’s most pressing issues.

The 2018 edition of the Festival will focus on five core themes:

Innovation approaches

To deliver Agenda 2030 we need transformative change. What are new technological innovations that can help? Which underlying social norms and value systems need to be disrupted? How can disruptive change globally, nationally and locally be fostered at high pace?

Citizen Engagement

Agenda 2030 was created with broader citizen consultation than any previous global political agenda. Why does it matter to include citizen voices in global political debates? How can people from around the globe be engaged in the implementation of the SDGs? How can the impact of citizen engagement be maximised?

Communicating the SDGs

Everyone can contribute to achieve the SDGs. To do that everyone has to know about the SDGs. How can we reach people who are not yet aware of Agenda 2030? How can we reach those people we don’t usually reach outside “our bubble”? How can we make data and topics like governance be interesting – or “How to make data sexy”? How can national and local ways of communicating the SDGs be devised?

Mobilising action

We are now over two years into this important agenda, the time is to act! How can different stakeholders mobilise action in different contexts? What tools and approaches have been tried, tested and ready to be scaled up? How can the SDG community keep building momentum for change?

Multi-stakeholder engagement

To deliver Agenda 2030, collaboration and cooperation across sectors and stakeholders will be critical. How are different stakeholders approaching these efforts at a local, regional, national and international level? How can every level work, feedback, review and report together? What systems, coalitions, tools and mechanisms are available to foster inclusive cooperation to achieve the SDGs?

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