The SDG Global Festival of Action features a range of sessions, innovations and performances, all contributing to the Festival experience!
In order to create a diverse, dynamic and inclusive event for the international SDG community, a crowd-sourced approach has been adopted – the application window to be part of the program has now closed, but watch this space for program updates soon!
Each day of the Festival will be opened with a high-level plenary session in the Plenary Hall. These opening sessions will bring all 1,500 participants together and will be positioned to contextualize the discussions at the Festival and in turn, inspire each and every Festival-goer to take action during the Festival and beyond.
The Festival will feature approximately 30 thematic crowdsourced sessions, each co-curated and designed by SDG partners across the world, offering a rich tapestry of interactive workshops, world cafes, hackathons, data dives, case study snapshots, policy simulations and ‘how to’ sessions, all designed to increase awareness, understanding and build capacity around SDG Action. Each session is designed for targeted groups, with tangible outcomes aligned with the Festival themes. These sessions take place in different rooms with capacity ranging from 50 – 120 participants and each will be 45-90 minutes in length.
A dynamic live stage positioned in the lobby area where ted-style talks, cross-generational dialogues, pitches and bar camps are featured. The live stage is broadcast on UN Web TV and will provide the platform for participants, inspiring speakers and key stakeholders to record and disseminate their SDG actions, commitment and stories.
Meeting places positioned throughout the venue for SDG stakeholders from across the globe to connect, network, share ideas, plans and build partnerships. These designated spaces provide participants with the opportunity to schedule meetings new and existing partners to connect and share ad hoc presentations.
SDG Action Zone
Positioned in front of the plenary hall, this area is the SDG Action Campaign space where participants can learn and test the various SDG tools and initiatives that are led by the Campaign. From sharing participants’ own perceptions through the MYWorld survey, experiencing virtual reality stories through MYWorld 360, to pledging commitment to particular goals with the augmented reality butterfly effect SDG wings, the Campaign team will be at hand to meet and explore further engagement ideas and opportunities while sharing the latest toolkits and initiatives that can be adopted to further SDG action.
A dedicated space where participants can enjoy SDG Films featured in different media formats such as 2D, 3D, virtual reality and augmented reality. These films will allow participants to travel to distant corners of the world and find out how the SDGs are making a difference in people’s lives.
UN SDG Action Awards Ceremony
The UN SDG Action Awards celebrate individuals, civil society organizations, local governments and others who are taking action to advance the 2030 Agenda across a range of categories. The awards celebrate the mobilizers, connectors, campaigners, visualizers, includers, creatives and storytellers, each of whom will be announced at The UN SDG Action Awards Ceremony, being held on the first evening of the event – Thursday 2 May. Taking place at the Festival venue, this exciting evening of recognition and achievement will not only serve to showcase the incredible initiatives being led by awards finalists and winners but will also serve as a closed-door social event for the SDG Global Festival of Action community to connect, share stories and further those critical connections, while being on the front row for some incredible performances and musical acts.
This space will offer an interactive and immersive experience for Festival goers keen to learn more about the latest trends and pioneering approaches to SDG communications, visualizations and transformative technologies.
This inaugural event will take place on the second evening of the Festival, Friday 3 May and will offer a fusion of world music and local performances with Festival participants and local constituents alike, taking the stage to share their talents, hopes and ambitions for Agenda 2030 at an open-air venue where food and drink will be served. The evening will begin with a colourful procession from the World Conference Centre to Munsterplatz in the heart of the city, providing the perfect opportunity for Festival-goers to connect with new faces and learn more about the local community, while raising awareness and further understanding around the goals to residents of the Festival’s host City, Bonn. By harnessing the creative industries, the City of Bonn, NRW state government and UN SDG Action Campaign will deliver a multi-media programme of film clips and performances, integrated with high-level international and local speakers to truly bridge the international and local communities and inspire further engagement and action around the goals.