09 March 2020 Update: Festival Postponement

In light of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak, the UN SDG Action Campaign has decided today to postpone the SDG Global Festival of Action, which was scheduled to take place at the World Conference Centre in Bonn, Germany, from 1 to 3 April 2020.

The decision has been taken after a round of consultations with the German Federal Government, local authorities in Bonn and other key stakeholders, and is based on the UN SDG Action Campaign’s commitment to the safety and well-being of SDG partners globally and in Bonn.

The Festival is one of the most inspiring annual events raising the visibility and impact of SDG actions from across the globe. It is designed by and for the SDG Action community.

According to Marina Ponti, Director of the UN SDG Action Campaign, “This has been a difficult decision to make. The recognition of the tremendous effort, time and energy invested in the Festival by all our session hosts, speakers, participants and partners made the decision even harder.”

The UN SDG Action Campaign is exploring new dates and will announce them as soon as possible.

For further information on COVID-19, see the UN portal here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the new dates of the Festival?

New dates will be announced as soon as possible.

What do I do if I have already booked my travel and accommodation?

An official letter detailing date change is being issued to all Festival participants, partners and speakers to support cancellation or rescheduling arrangements where applicable. Please note: all participants are advised to consult their personal travel insurance policies and liaise with travel and accommodation providers directly to determine what support for change in plans can be offered.

Can I still travel to Bonn on the planned dates of the Festival?

Travel decisions are entirely up to participants and partners. If you still plan to travel to Bonn on the festival dates, it is advised to check your Foreign Office guidance directly. The organising team holds no responsibility for participant travel plans.

Will there still scope to host a session, exhibit, perform or deliver a talk?

There will be! Additional outreach will be announced following the re-confirmation process of the current programme. Make sure you follow us at @SDGaction #SDGActionFest for announcements around future engagement opportunities!

Will there still be opportunities to volunteer?

There will be! Additional outreach will be announced following the re-confirmation process of our current cohort of Festival Volunteers. Make sure you follow us at @SDGaction #SDGActionFest for announcements around future engagement opportunities!

Will there still be opportunities to participate as an SDG Creator at the Festival?

There will be! Additional outreach will be announced following the re-confirmation process. Make sure you follow us at @SDGaction #SDGActionFest for announcements around future engagement opportunities!

If I have already registered as a participant, will I need to register again when the new dates are announced?

If you have already registered and been offered a place at the Festival, you will be offered the opportunity to re-confirm your place as soon as the new dates are announced.

Previous updates

03 March 2020 Update

The rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak is causing health concerns as well as travel constraints that are affecting large gatherings and global events across the world, including the UN SDG Global Festival of Action. The UN SDG Action Campaign is currently assessing the situation with key partners and the German Federal Government and will be updating on the status of the UN SDG Global Festival of Action in the coming days.

26 February 2020

The UN SDG Action Campaign continues to monitor and assess the potential impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on its 2020 UN SDG Global Festival of Action. Thus far, the impact is minimal and the SDG Global Festival of Action to be held at the World Conference Centre in Bonn from 1 to 3 April 2020, will proceed as planned. We will be sharing health guidelines prepared together with the City of Bonn and the German Government and any useful updates as they become available. When planning your travel, please be mindful that the situation is subject to change, as always participants are advised to take out travel insurance.

For further information on travel advice, please refer to the World Health Organization’s guidance.