Let's

#TurnItAround

for people and the planet

25 - 26 March, 2021

join THE VIRTUAL SDG GLOBAL FESTIVAL OF ACTION, 25- 26 MARCH 2021

Innovation

inspiration

entertainment

brings the global community together to drive action towards the SDGs

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The
program

Our two-day program will be held in a dynamic virtual space with six different stages featuring plenary sessions, lightning talks, performances, exhibitions, and interactive workshops.

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Main Stage

with +35 events

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Stage from Japan

with +10 events

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Exhibits

Speakers

Meet our speakers, performers, exhibitors for the Global Festival of Action 2021. Many more to be announced—check back for updates

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Achim Steiner
ADMINISTRATOR AND UN UNDER SECRETARY-GENERAL, UNDP
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Danny Sriskandarajah
CHIEF EXECUTIVE, OXFAM GREAT BRITAIN
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Delphine O
SECRETARY GENERAL FOR THE GENERATION EQUALITY FORUM
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Ellen Jackowski
CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY AND SOCIAL IMPACT OFFICER, HP INC.
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Homi Kharas
SENIOR FELLOW, BROOKINGS
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Jutta Urpilainen
EUROPEAN COMMISSIONER FOR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS, EUROPEAN COMMISSION
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Kumi Naidoo
PROFESSOR OF PRACTICE, THUNDERBIRD ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY; GLOBAL AMBASSADOR AFRICANS RISING
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Lola Castro
REGIONAL DIRECTOR, WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME
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Lysa John
SECRETARY GENERAL, CIVICUS
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Mavis Owusu-Gyamfi
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, AFRICAN CENTRE FOR ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION
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Mitzi Jonelle Tan
CONVENOR, YOUTH ADVOCATES FOR CLIMATE ACTION PHILIPPINES
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Sanda Ojiambo
CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, UN GLOBAL COMPACT
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Siya Kolisi
UN GLOBAL ADVOCATE, SOUTH AFRICA RUGBY CAPTAIN, THE KOLISI FOUNDATION
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Stefano Boeri
PRESIDENT, TRIENNALE MILANO
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Tasneem Alsultan
CANON AMBASSADOR, CANON EMEA
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Yemi Alade
MUSICIAN AND UNDP GOODWILL AMBASSADOR
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Workshops

The 28 interactive workshops and hands-on sessions will provide space for participants to interact with and learn from expertise from across the SDG Action community. Together, this is the opportunity to dive into new approaches, models and methods for accelerating impact and mobilizing communities. Pre-registration for active participation is required!

Exhibitions

The virtual experiences and exhibition space will showcase immersive films, photo galleries and multimedia exhibits transforming the way we look and experience this turning point moment and call to action on the SDGs.

Creative Content

Throughout the event we will showcase films and video art pieces from artists, creators and organisations from all sectors and regions using creativity to #TurnItAround for people and planet.

Themes

The Festival will provoke debate and drive action around four cross cutting themes highlighting ideas, approaches and solutions, for climate action, poverty & inequality, gender equality, and inclusive systems and finance. We must make 2021 a turning point for people and planet!

#TurnItAround for

Climate
Action:
2021 is a critical year for nature and biodiversity, and climate action requires bold and transformative leaps forward as the world races to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies, combat deforestation, protect biodiversity and achieve net-zero carbon emissions.

#TurnItAround for

Gender
Equality:
A central tenet in moving the Agenda forward is gender equality, because gender discrimination is not only wrong, but harms us all by undercutting the intelligence and experience of over half of humanity.

#TurnItAround for

inclusive systems and sustainable finance:
We must rethink the global economy and power structures by adopting inclusive and sustainable finance systems that align with the SDGs, and stop perpetuating wide-scale discrimination and exclusion.

#TurnItAround for

Poverty
& Inequality:
This past year, we have witnessed rising poverty and inequalities around the world. Through universal health coverage, safety nets, justice and human resilience, the world must never again be in a position of such acute vulnerability.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The Big
Picture

the Main
Stage

Established and emerging leaders from all sectors and disciplines will share the boldest ideas, tangible actions and cutting-edge insight and share. Join their calls to action for transformative change.

sdg action
awards

Knowledge
building and sharing

Inspiring a New Normal Track - Featured on the Main Stage

Participants are invited to learn from the latest ideas and project insights that can trigger transformative shifts. Content will be focussed on sharing knowledge that could be harnessed for different contexts and to explore tide-turning methodologies and approaches that offer solutions for transformation.

SDG Global Festival of Action from Japan Workshop Space

Participants are invited to dig deeper into key initiatives and approaches coming out of the SDG Global Festival of Action from Japan, by joining interactive sessions and workshops that will facilitate a two way learning exchange

WORKSHOPS

Ideation
space

2020 has been a year of great adaptation in thinking and approaches, models and methods for creating impact and mobilizing communities. Co-creation Workshops call on participants to build on novel approaches and have the power to take projects and initiatives to scale.

Upskilling
space

A “how to” track of sessions will equip participants with tangible skills. Industry experts will lead hands-on skills-building sessions focused on new and emerging skill sets and approaches that campaigners, communicators and mobilizers need as we move into a rapidly expanding virtual world.

Activation
space

This novel format will provide the opportunity for just communities to connect to hash out new campaigns and bring in broader networks to activate plans. Sessions will focus on socializing, activating, building and expanding emerging or longstanding campaigns to onboard key networks and community members, and agree on plans, timeframes and methods to create impact together.

Networking
and connections

Wellness
space

The impacts of the challenges we currently face are being felt individually and collectively. These sessions are dedicated to supporting the SDG Action community by taking the time to recentre and reconnect. Sessions for guided meditation, mindfulness, self-love and well-being to take some time to reflect and recuperate with like-minded people.

Meetings
space

Networks and alliances will host their own strategy meetings. Through these invitation-only meetings, partners will leverage the utmost SDG convening event of the year to connect and plan with communities across the globe.

Connections
Space

Meeting new people, building partnerships, generating ideas, expanding networks and finding new collaborators and friends is what makes the SDG Action Festival. This dedicated space will make spontaneous and facilitated networking easy to continue building the SDG Action community.

Experiencing and
downloading

Experience
and Action Space

Experience and reflect on the future of our world, learn new realities through different perspectives, and find new and engaging ways to take action for transformative change at the virtual and immersive exhibit and Action space.

CREATIVITY
AND ART

Feel the urgency, hope and ambition of the current moment through spectacular music, concerts, poetry and artistic performances by some of the most inspiring artists of today

RESOURCE
Library

Access key resources shared by session hosts, speakers and partners. Find bespoke SDG Action Campaign toolkits, latest reports, communications assets to ensure participants can “collect” key information and continue learning and sharing with their own networks long after the event.

MULTILINGUALISM AND ACCESSIBILITY

Live and pre-recorded sessions featured on the Main Stage will be in English. simultaneously translated into French and Spanish, and signed in International Sign Language for full accessibility. On the Japan Stage, sessions will be in English and Japanese and signed in International Sign Language. Social media assets will be in English, French, Spanish and Japanese.

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