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​ ​tool​s​ ​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?

  • 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​ ​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.