Context

On 25 September 2015, the 193 Member States of the United Nations agreed a global agenda, unprecedented in its scope and ambition.

Agenda 2030 – the result of years of hard work and consultation by the UN, governments, civil society, business, cities, academia and millions of citizens – represents an unprecedented opportunity for humanity to create a better future for everyone.  Building on the original three dimensions of sustainable development, Agenda 2030 introduces the idea of the 5 Ps—adding Peace and Partnership to social inclusion (People), environmental protection (Planet) and economic growth (Prosperity).

While it is a huge achievement to have created Agenda 2030, the real challenge still lies ahead: delivering the change which the Agenda promises. Reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) until 2030 requires holistic and transformative thinking and ambitious actions now.

Throughout the 2018 edition of Festival three themes will be in focus:

  • Innovation & Disruptive Change
    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?
  • Open Track
    The Festival will also feature sessions not directly related to any to the three themes to showcase the broad spectrum of issues which matter for delivering Agenda 2030. The topics are deliberately open to allow a broad spectrum of actors and issues to be present at the Festival.

The Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development is a ground-breaking annual event powered by the UN SDG Action Campaign with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The Festival will bring together the global community working to make the Agenda 2030 become reality. It will recognise and celebrate the innovators, conveners and breakthrough actors who are transforming lives, tackling trade-offs and generating practical solutions to some of the world’s most intractable development 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. The Festival will bring together a wide array of organisations and individuals – spanning multiple sectors and regions – to build synergies amongst different constituencies, increase mutual understanding, and approach problems and solutions from multiple angles.

The Festival is based on the premise that to realise the SDGs by 2030, a revolution is required in the way we think about some of the world’s biggest development problems. Protecting communities, individuals and social progress in an era of shocks and threats (including conflict and mass migration); addressing the growing crisis of disillusionment, exclusion and inequality experienced by so many; reconciling the twin necessities of economic growth and environmental sustainability: these challenges are huge but not insurmountable.

The Festival will feature:

  • High-level plenary sessions, presentations, discussions and debates to share critical ideas and hear from keynote speakers;
  • Real time joint problem-solving using policy simulations and an Open Situation Room;
  • Innovation hubs, interactive small-group sessions, the SDG Stage and Open Space sessions to showcase and discuss the the work of wide variety of organisations and individuals;
  • Skill-sharing sessions which enable participants to receive tools and hands-on tips in different areas from top experts and practitioners;
  • Simultaneous tracks which allow participants to engage at different entry points and levels of interest and expertise;
  • Interactive Festival Experiences going on throughout the three days to meet, exchange, learn and  collaborate amongst all participants including UN Virtual Reality, the Innovation Fair and artistic performances and displays.

The first edition was held from 1-3 March 2017 at the World Conference Centre in Bonn, Germany with 800 diverse participants from 80 countries. Please see the 2017 recap at globalfestivalofideas.org/recap for further information. The second edition will take place on 21 to 23rd March 2018 (tbc) at the World Conference Centre Bonn.

The main organizer and host of the Festival is the UN SDG Action Campaign, who is in charge of the overall strategy and program of the Festival. The UN SDG Action Campaign is seeking partners for the 2018 edition of the Festival.

Partners receive to opportunity to co-design the Festival, thereby setting the agenda and influencing the SDG Action community. Partners also receive the visibility of being formally associated to the Festival. We expect over around 1200 diverse participants from around the world representing civil society, government, youth, the private sector, activists, artists, cities and more more – tap into their potential to advance the SDGs by partnering with us!

There are different types of partners with various roles, duties and rights. The Festival is conceptualised as a platform for partners and participants to promote and increase action towards the SDGs. Partners are expected to proactively contribute to the Festival including to its implementation and budget.

Overview table of partnership opportunities

Opportunity Budget Visibility Promotion
Host

UN SDG Action Campaign

Overall strategy and implementation Responsible for the budget Logo on all Festival material Promoting the Festival via organisational contact lists, social media channels et cetera
Organising Partners Organises substantive, large contributions to the Festival programme Contributes financially and/or in-kind (i.e. with staff time) Logo on all main Festival material
Supporting Partners Similar to a sponsorship role Contributes financially Logo on all main Festival material
Media Partners Public outreach, active presence and overall involvement Contributes in-kind Logo on all main Festival material
Action Partners Contributes in a specific way such as a stand, a challenge or organising a session Depends on the exact role On selected  Festival material as appropriate

Organizing Partners

  • Organizing Partners organise substantive contributions to the Festival programme, usually meaning that each Organizing Partner organises and runs several sessions. Organising sessions includes topic planning, speaker invitation, briefing and management as well as facilitation.
    • Sessions formats should be innovative, interactive and diverse.
    • The thematic focus of the Festival as well as possibly of days or tracks will be defined in due course by the UN SDG Action Campaign with input by and in exchange with the Partners.
  • Organizing Partners are expected be present at the Festival in order to run the sessions they organised. It is expected that Organizing Partners will cover their own costs related to travel and accommodation for the Festival with as many staff as required to run their sessions.
  • Organizing Partners will be involved in the overall organisation of the Festival via regular conference calls in the run-up to the Festival.
  • Organizing Partners will have their logo featured whenever all partner logos are displayed, such as on the website, in the program (digital or print) and at the venue.
  • Organizing Partners will have the optional opportunity to be present at a physical space during the Festival, such as with an interactive booth in the Innovation Fair or another co-branded space and joined visibility such as at the SDG Studio.
  • Organizing Partners are expected to support outreach and promotion of the event through sharing event information with organisational contact lists and networks, individual professional networks and contacts and promoting the Festival on organisational websites and social media channels.
  • Each partner will benefit from the overall visibility generated in and by the press and traditional and social media about the Festival.3

Supporting Partners

  • Supporting Partners contribute financially or in-kind to the Festival.
  • Supporting Partners are welcome to be present at the event and would usually be invited for a high-level speaking role or be given visibility in other suitable ways.
  • Supporting Partners will have their logo featured whenever all partner logos are displayed, such as on the website, in the program (digital or print) and at the venue.
  • Supporting Partners will have the optional opportunity to be present at a physical space during the Festival, such as with an interactive booth in the Innovation Fair or another co-branded space and joined visibility such as at the SDG Studio.
  • Supporting Partners are expected to support outreach and promotion of the event through sharing event information with organisational contact lists and networks, individual professional networks and contacts and promoting the Festival on organisational websites and social media channels.
  • Each partner will benefit from the overall visibility generated in and by the press and traditional and social media about the Festival.

Media partners

  • Media partners take on public outreach for the Festival to reach diverse audiences and support activation towards the Festival and SDGs more broadly in a way suitable to each specific Media Partner to be further discussed with the UN SDG Action Campaign.
  • Media Partners will have their logo featured whenever all partner logos are displayed, such as on the website, in the program (digital or print) and at the venue.
  • If suitable representatives of Media Partners could moderate or facilitate sessions and potentially run a session with content related to the communication of SDGs.
  • Media partners receive primary access to Festival content as well to the participants. The UN SDG Action Campaign is able to manage interview opportunities.
  • Media Partners will have the optional opportunity to be present at a physical space during the Festival, such as with an interactive booth in the Innovation Fair or another co-branded space and joined visibility such as at the SDG Studio.
  • Each partner will benefit from the overall visibility generated in and by the press and traditional and social media about the Festival.

Action Partners

  • Organisations wishing to be involved with more limited time, money or capacity are offered flexible engagement options, such as organising one particular substantive session, being present at the Innovation Fair, running a challenge/competition, being involved as artistic contributors or any other creative way to be jointly determined.
    • The logo of these partners will be featured in a way suitable to their specific involvement. For example, an organisation running one session would have their logo featured next to that session in the program and during that session.The logo of these further partners will not be featured on the overall conference materials.
    • These partners are expected to support outreach and promotion of the event through sharing event information with organisational contact lists and networks, individual professional networks and contacts and promoting the Festival on organisational websites and social media channels.
    • Partners will benefit from being associated to the overall visibility generated in and by the press and traditional and social media about the Festival.

These categories are set out in order to give all parties involved a clear overview of the structure. It is intended to make individual arrangement on a case-by-case basis within this guiding framework to enable optimal and suitable involvement of a range of different stakeholders. The UN SDG Action Campaign will choose the most suitable partners in order to create a diverse, lively Festival built on the best knowledge and experience.

The main organizer of the 2018 Festival is the UN SDG Action Campaign, who reserves the right to make all and any final decisions about the Festival.

Within the overall framework and purpose of the Festival, responsibility for certain elements will be delegated to the selected partners.

Organizing Partners are expected to join regular conference calls, which the UN SDG Action Campaign will convene and facilitate to ensure overall coordination among the consortium. The frequency of these calls may vary, starting with monthly calls but increase to weekly calls in the phase immediately before the event.

If a partner could fall into more than one category, the organisation can choose in which category to be featured on the promotional material. No logo will be featured twice.

We’ve given ourselves a 15-year deadline to achieve the SDGs and it’s going to take all of us, working together, to get the job done. We have 12 years left!

Please do join us in Bonn. We have a huge task ahead of us, but the results will be ground-breaking!

Partners will be added to the consortium on an ongoing basis. A deadline for expressions of interest may be announced in due course.

Please contact info@globalfestivalofaction.org if you are interested to join the Festival as a partner or with any innovative and contributing element you would like to propose.