Call for Session Submissions!
The Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development is an inclusive convening moment for the SDG community to come together to:
- Acquire knowledge, build skills and learn about new tools that can help you to act more efficiently for Agenda 2030 in your daily tasks.
- Meet diverse individuals and organizations with whom to partner to create synergies and help you better reach your organizational goals.
- Be inspired by the creativity, dynamism and innovation, including elements you can take home to use in your local context.
- Present your latest projects, achievements and approaches and let your fellow participants learn from you.
Do you have a story to tell? A project share? A network to showcase?
The UN SDG Action Campaign is calling upon SDG stakeholders from across the spectrum to submit session proposals to help create a diverse, dynamic and inclusive event for actors from across the Globe to share their own work, practical examples and tools to enable further action towards Agenda 2030.
The Festival will focus on three core themes in 2018:
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?
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 maximized?
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?
We are looking to hear about successful stories of communication and advocacy on the SDGs, innovative approaches for SDG implementation, campaigning and policy impact on SDGs and successful local/country/regional case studies to showcase through our core event sessions.
If you have a panel to convene, a project to showcase, a workshop to run – relating to any of these themes, we want to hear from you!
The Festival will bring together diverse individuals and organisations including from governments, civil society, the UN, business, cities, academia as well as youth representatives and interested citizens. If you are interested in the SDGs, you should come to the Festival.
Yes – we are looking for as many ideas as possible and if all sessions are not accepted for the Festival in 2018, there may be other opportunities to feature additional proposed sessions at future events
Depending on the volume of appropriate submissions, sessions will run for 45 or 90 mins.
The window for submissions will close on 15th January 2018, these will then be reviewed by the core organising team and all lead organisers will be contacted by 31st January to be notified if their session has been accepted.
Session organizers will be expected to cover the costs of their staff and speakers to attend the event and run the session, while the core organizers of the Festival will cover communications and media work to promote the session, the venue costs and all technical requirements and various logistical support. All session organisers will have their logos featured on event materials and on the website (please see the Partnerships page for further information) and all participants of the Festival will be invited to join the UN SDG Challenge Awards Ceremony (21st March) and the social event on the evening of 22nd March, free of charge.
The Events Manager will connect with all session organizers to support the development of sessions, provide expert advice on session formats, briefing notes for speakers and moderators and will support by ensuring that each session is appropriately promoted through associated communications channels.
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 1,000 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 conceptualized 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.
Please see the Partnerships page for further information.
We welcome all innovative, digital, hands-on and practical ideas! If you think your session outline would be better placed at an interactive stand, please apply for a booth in our Knowledge and Innovations Fair. If you feel a booth in the fair would support your session, please feel free to apply for both although if space is limited, we may need to decide which submission is more suitable pending the submission review.
If you would like to enter the UN SDG Challenge Awards programme with the same project or initiative, please do so, but let us know! Simply by tick the relevant box at the end of the application form. You will need to ensure that you then complete the UN SDG Action Challenge Awards entry form and tick the box that links that award entry to your session.
Not to worry! While we would really like to know about the types of speakers you will be approaching and hoping to secure for your session, we also know it can be difficult to confirm speakers before your session is confirmed. If you can provide some suggested speakers for now, we would like to ensure that every session has diverse representation in terms of sectors, geographies and gender. Note that sessions with only male panelists will not be accepted.