Join the Festival via live-stream

If you’re not able to attend this year, no worries! You can still get inspired by our incredible speakers and participants.

  • All plenary sessions and contributions to the SDG Studio will be live streamed by UN Web TV. The live-stream will also be available on this website.
  • Follow the hashtag #SDGglobalFest and our accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for live material and behind-the-scenes coverage.
  • A team of content creators will be in the hunt for exciting stories to share with our digital audience.

We hope to meet you in person at the next Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development!

Finalists announced for first-ever United Nations SDG Action Awards

Bonn, Germany, 22 March  – The finalists of the first-ever United Nations SDG Action Awards have been announced today, in recognition of the most outstanding efforts to inspire action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For a complete list of finalists go to

Organized by the United Nations SDG Action Campaign, the Awards acknowledge initiatives in seven categories: mobilizer, includer, communicator, visualizer, innovator, storyteller and connector. The winners will be announced at the SDG Action Awards Ceremony on 21 March during the second edition of the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development. The festival is the world’s annual gathering to catalyze action for the SDGs and happens in Bonn, Germany, from 21-23 March 2018.

“The challenges we are facing are huge, but in this first edition it became clear that there are people, businesses, organizations and governments creating positive change and having an exceptional impact in their communities”, said Mitchell Toomey, Global Director of the UN SDG Action Campaign.

“We need to celebrate these bold and creative change-makers, learn from them and connect them to ensure they can scale and inspire others. In this first year of the UN SDG Action Awards, we have had tight competition. All nominees should be immensely proud of what they have achieved,” added Toomey.

The Awards recognize the need to learn from change-makers from across the globe and celebrate the most impactful and innovative achievements contributing to the global sustainable development movement.

The first edition of the UN SDG Action Awards received over 740 nominations from 7 continents and 125 countries, ranging from Zambia to Fiji, from Benin to Norway. Members of different sectors of society have competed, including civil society and grassroots initiatives, public sector and municipal government projects, as well as private sector engagements. Finalists are being carefully reviewed by 12 prominent figures within the global SDG community.

See the full list of finalists

Images of all the finalists

A UN conference like no other: Global and local leaders in sustainability gather at the second Global Festival of Action

A UN conference like no other: Global and local leaders in sustainability gather at the second Global Festival of Action

The festival hosted by the UN SDG Action Campaign brings together business leaders, governments, activists, and innovators from all world regions to inspire action for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 21-23 March

Bonn, Germany, 20 February – A new type of United Nations gathering – the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development – will showcase the latest innovations, tools, and approaches to the achievement of the SDGs and connect the key players of sustainable development in Bonn, Germany, this year from 21-23 March.

Hosted by the UN SDG Action Campaign with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the second edition of the festival has grown not only in size but also in representation and inclusiveness. More than 1,000 participants from over 150 countries will attend the event.

“The world is facing tremendous challenges, and for the first time there is an innovative plan to solve them. But we can’t do this alone, we need everyone to be part of it. We are very excited to once more bring together different key players from governments, civil society, UN agencies, cities, business, and academia in this dynamic, inclusive and innovative festival”, said the Global Director of the UN SDG Action Campaign, Mitchell Toomey.

“The SDG community at large has helped co-create this year’s edition. An open application process has provided a voice and platform for a variety of stakeholders to contribute shaping the event” said Toomey, adding that more than 140 speakers will share their insights at around 50 substantive sessions and workshops.

UN SDG Action Awards

Another big novelty of 2018’s Festival is the UN SDG Action Awards Ceremony, which is being held for the first time to celebrate individuals, organizations and change-makers around the planet rising up to the challenge of implementing the SDGs.

Held in tandem with the festival, the ceremony is a platform to recognize some of the greatest innovators, mobilisers, connectors, storytellers, communicators, visualisers and includers from across the globe, learn from them and help them thrive. More than 700 applications from all continents were received and are being carefully reviewed by an expert judging panel.

The program

The recently rebranded Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development delivers a multitude of formats also present at its predecessor, the Global Festival of Ideas, but this time with a stronger focus on action and partnership building to implement the SDGs.

This year’s main program revolves around five main key themes: innovative approaches, citizen engagement, communicating the SDGs, mobilising action, and multi-stakeholder engagement.

Various immersive festival experiences including a virtual reality zone, workshops, demo sessions and a groundbreaking film selection round up the program. Adding up to the regular sessions, the SDG Studio presents short and snappy talks, cross-generational interviews and discussions throughout the course of the Festival.

Notes to editors:

Registrations and more information

To attend the event as a member of the press, register for a press accreditation until the 20th of March.
The Festival will be webcast on

For more information and live streams during the event, please visit the page of the festival and the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. The official hashtag for the event is #SDGglobalfest.



The Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development is the world´s annual event to celebrate, empower, and connect the global community driving Action for the Sustainable Development Goals.

Organised by the UN SDG Action Campaign with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Festival connects an inspiring mix of business leaders, activists, UN representatives, academia, governments, innovators, global organisations, and the media from across the globe. Taking place in Bonn each year, the Festival provides a dynamic and interactive space to showcase the latest innovations, tools, and approaches to SDG action and connect organizations and individuals from different sectors and regions to exchange, build partnerships, and make the impact of their solutions scale.


The UN SDG Action Campaign is a special initiative of the UN-Secretary General, administered by the UNDP to create awareness about the 2030 Agenda, empower and inspire people across the world to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while generating political will, and help make the Goals attainable by 2030. For more information, please visit

For more info, download the Festival Press kit.

For images, please visit the Festival photo gallery.

For interviews and inquiries, please contact:

Marta Rojas
T: + 49 (0) 228 8152 683

Priscila Jordão

The numbers will keep growing!

Last March, the Global Festival of Action boasted 800+ participants, 80+ countries represented, 139 speakers, 50+ sessions, 8 VR films and showcased 20 innovations. These numbers will keep growing in 2018!

At the moment, more than 1,600 participants have completed their registrations for getting a spot in the second edition of the world’s most inspiring SDG gathering.

Our goal is to make the event even more diverse and dynamic this year, with several options of immersive and hands-on experiences in parallel with the regular sessions. Check out the program overview and a list of our fabulous festival experiences.

Registrations are open until next week- don’t miss the chance to join us and connect with other change-makers!

What to expect

Expect some critical insights, powerful keynote speakers, deep-dive immersive and interactive small-group sessions in the next festival.

You can start organising your schedule by browsing our program overview. Sessions revolve around five core themes:

  • Innovation approaches
  • Citizen Engagement
  • Communicating the SDGs
  • Mobilising action
  • Multi-stakeholder engagement

Sessions and other festival experiences were co-created by the SDG community at large, so you can expect a lot of diversity!

The program of our live-stage, the SDG Studio, is also coming soon.


Download the Festival app

Please remember to download the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development event app before you travel to Bonn!

The app will act as your passport to the event and allow you to connect and chat with other attendees, schedule 1-2-1 meetings, see the venue map, browse the list of speakers, see the full program, create your own schedule and more.

Download the app on Google Play or Apple App Store.
To log in, use the same email address and password you provided in the Festival registration form. If you don’t remember the password, use the ‘Forgot Password’ link on the app.