6 Young Women Leading SDG Action

There were more than 140 countries represented in the UN SDG Global Festival of Action and 60% of the participants were female! Meet six young women that are leading the festival, their future and the future of their communities.

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The biggest #SDGGlobaFest ever! Festival-goers commit to concrete action for the SDGs

Looking beyond the promises of Agenda 2030, the third edition of the SDG Global Festival​ of Action ​saw more than 1,700 participants from over 150 countries come together to make the impossible possible and create a step-change in behaviour to catalyse collective action around the Goals. THANK YOU for participating in the SDG Global Festival of Action!

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Meet the 8 Winners of the UN SDG Action Awards 2019

Hosted by the UN SDG Action Campaign, the UN SDG Action Awards celebrate individuals, civil society organizations, local governments and changemakers who are taking action to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across a range of categories.

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How can we, together, #Act4SDGs? 10 Key Messages from the #SDGglobalFest Opening Plenary

For the third year in a row, campaigners and advocates for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) gather at the SDG Global Festival of Action in Bonn to celebrate and showcase action for the SDGs.

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Sustainable Development Goals engagement reaches new heights at largest ever Global Festival of Action

Activists, development experts, changemakers and creatives come together in Bonn, Germany, to catalyze action on the SDGs, test and accelerate new ideas, while deepening the coalition for SDG Action. Together at the SDG Global Festival of Action to level up the SDG movement.

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The SDG Global Festival of action is almost here!

We want to make sure that your experience will be completely amazing! From early registration and dress-code for the Awards Ceremony and SDG Parade to a reminder of bringing cash, photo ID and European adapters – Find all the information for your final preparation and get ready to leave the SDG experience.

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Only one week until the SDG Global Festival of Action!

Our speaker line-up keeps growing, 30+ talks programmed at the SDG Studio, drummers, dancers, singers and performances are ready, and the Official Film Selection has been revealed! Planning to attend? Registration closes today 25 April at midnight CET.

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Final preparation for your trip to the SDG Global Festival of Action!


  1. Ensure you and all your team members have registered before arriving. Whether you are a participant, a speaker, a session host, exhibitor, performers – EVERY attendee must have registered in advance
  2. If you are based in Bonn or are arriving on or before 1st May – please come by the World Conference Centre between 14:00 – 17:00 on Wednesday 1st May to pick up your badge. Early registration will help ensure a entrance on the first morning of the event.

If you are unable to pick up your badge on 1st May, registration opens again at 8:00 on 2 May. We recommend that you arrive early. The opening plenary will begin at 9:00.  

Photo ID

All participants will be required to show a photo ID when they arrive to collect their badge. Please note that airport style security will be provided so allow time to come through the scanning machine.


Please bring cash in Euros with you. There are no ATMs near the World Conference Centre and the following services will be cash only:

    1. Snack bar
    2. Lunchtime food service in the canteen
    3. Drinks bar during the UN SDG Action Awards After Party
    4. Food and drink at Rhine in Flames Festival

Dress code

  1. The dress code for the Festival is smart casual. Whether you feel more comfortable in a suit of traditional attire, the choice is yours!
  2. The UN SDG Action Awards Ceremony (Thursday 2nd May, 18:00 – 19:30) will be a glitzy affair so please feel free to bring some evening wear with you
  3. On Friday 3rd May, there will be an SDG Parade to the Rhine in Flames Festival at a nearby park. This will include the option of joining your fellow Festival-goers for a 30 minute walk to the event. Therefore, please ensure you wear comfortable footwear and feel free to express your support of the SDGs through colourful clothing, traditional dress, or even ‘dress as your favourite SDG!’

Old mobile phones

In collaboration with Cologne Zoo Conservation Project, we will be collecting old cell phones and passing them on for recycling. Bring any old phones to the ‘Sustainable Events Innovation Zone’ and recycle your mobile phone for gorillas!

Event app

  1. Download the app and populate your profile – tell other Festival goers what you have been up to, what you are interested in and who you want to meet
  2. Browse the Festival programme and select key sessions and experiences you want to attend, interact with and explore
  3. Once you select items on the programme  – you can create your own Festival schedule that can be transferred to your personal calendar
  4. Search for key contacts, drop them a message or schedule a one-to-one meeting through the networking function
  5. Book a timeslot at one of the ‘meet-up’ spaces and share your latest projects and ideas with fellow participants. You can then message individual attendees to invite them to attend
  6. Engage with festival sessions through the in-built Q&A platform slido. Here you can take polls and ask your most pressing questions to expert panellists!

Watch live: actions and inspiration will take over the SDG Studio!

We are proud to present the programme for the SDG Studio of this year’s SDG Global Festival of Action!

The SDG Studio is a live stage where dynamic discussions, cross-generational dialogues, webcast interviews and inspiring talks showcasing change-making initiatives and revolutionary solutions to key global challenges will be taking place.

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First 2019 SDG Global Festival of Action Speakers Announced!

Only three weeks before the opening of the SDG Global Festival of Action we are proud to announce the first Speaker Line-Up. This year’s SDG Global Festival of Action speakers will inspire and challenge us!

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