FAQs: COVID-19

New dates will be announced as soon as possible.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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 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.

FAQs: Registration

The SDG Global Festival of Action brings together government leaders, local authorities, international organizations, civil society, activists, young advocates, the creative industry and the private sector– all working to scale up the impact of their work and strategize joint actions, whilst motivating new organizations and individuals to join the movement and take action for the SDGs.

If you are working on SDG campaigning, communications, advocacy, liaison, education, implementation or awareness raising, we want to hear from you!

We are keen to bring people together who are acting towards the achievement of the SDGs from a variety of sectors and regions to foster true collaboration and joint up actions.

For the registration process, you will be asked to first create a delegate profile where you enter personal information, followed by a series of more substantive questions about the SDG work you are engaged with, why you wish to attend the Festival and what you hope to get out of it.

The registration process shouldn’t take long to complete. By learning a bit more about you, the Festival Organizing Team is able to ensure a diverse and high quality mix of SDG actors in attendance from across the globe.

Once you submit your application to attend, your submission will be reviewed by UN SDG Action Campaign team and will respond in 14 working days.

The SDG Global Festival of Action is designed to be accessible and inclusive of SDG actors from a range of sectors and disciplines from across the world! With limited space, the UN SDG Action Campaign are dedicated to ensure that participation represents the diversity of stakeholders engaged in making the SDGs a reality. Therefore, registrations will be reviewed with the following principles in mind:

  1. Is this applicant serious about coming? By providing information about your SDG activities, it tells us a bit more about why you want to attend, and in order to ensure that places are not offered to those that may change their mind, the information you provide at this stage will give an indication of your interest level
  2. Monitoring subscription levels from different constituents. As places begin to fill up, the UN SDG Action Campaign reserve the right to ‘hold’ any applications from over-represented sectors or geographic regions to ensure the true diversity of SDG actors is represented in the participants offered a place at the event. The UN SDG Action Campaign will communicate with registered participants in the final weeks leading up to the event, and as spaces become available, any applicants on the ‘waitlist’ will then be offered a place.

No, group bookings are not possible due to strict security requirements. All participants are required to register individually.

The opportunity to register will remain open until 1 March 2020. At this point, any waitlists will be reviewed and final places offered.

The Festival is free to attend! However, any costs associated with travel, accommodation and subsistence will need to be covered directly by participants

FAQs: General

The 2020 SDG Festival of Action will be held at the World Conference Centre in Bonn, Germany.

The SDG Global Festival of Action will be held from 1 – 3 April 2020. Early onsite registration will open on the afternoon of 31 March for those who already in Bonn, or have already arrived to pick up their badge before the Festival beings on 1 April.

No. The dates and location of the 2020 UN SDG Action Awards will be announced shortly, however these events will not occur in conjunction with each other.

No –  If you wish to attend with participants under the age of 16, you will need to ensure that they have a chaperone and it is the chaperone’s responsibility to ensure any required consent is provided by parents or carers.

Youth are critical to the achievement of the global SDG movement, therefore if you wish to bring a group of minors to the Festival and have any further questions, please do contact us at gfoa2020@sdgactioncampaign.org and ensure you provide further details through the application process.

YES! The SDG Global Festival of Action would not be possible without our hardworking, passionate and enthusiastic volunteers. The call for volunteers will be launched in January 2020, make sure you sign up to the UN SDG Action Campaign newsletter if you would like to receive information about volunteering opportunities.

YES! We would love to welcome you again!

FAQs: Applying to be a Part of the Program

Yes. Every person in attendance at the Festival will need to register, including speakers! If you have applied to be part of the programme, you will also be reminded to register upon receiving confirmation of engagement by the Festival organizers.

Yes – we are looking for as many ideas as possible to create an impactful, interactive and engaging programme for the Festival.

Innovations, installations and exhibits will be featured across the three days of the Festival. Depending on the type of experience or exhibit you wish to showcase, they will either be programmed for just one day of the event or if significant build is required, may be featured throughout. Once the submission window closes, the organising team will review the applications and provide further information/ guidance on the duration of your ‘feature’ at the Festival. As the call is open for all types of immersive and interactive experiences, one size will not fit all. If you have specific requirements or restrictions that will need to be considered, please detail this in your application form.

The main language of the Festival will be English, and due to the interactive nature of the Festival, simultaneous translation will not be possible. As the sessions are hosted in English, applications are also encouraged in English.

For experiences, innovations, installations, performances, films and SDG Action talks, other languages are encouraged, although facilitation or explanation in English will be required in order to make the feature accessible to Festival-goers.

As the working language of the Festival is English, all applications are encouraged to be

shared in English. Applications submitted in other languages may be reviewed using online translation software.

The window for submissions will close on 14 January 2020, and these will then be reviewed by the UN SDG Action Campaign. Successful applicants will be contacted via email at the beginning of February 2020.

Session, innovation and experience hosts and performers are required to cover:

  • The costs of their representatives, staff and/or speakers to attend and run the session, innovation or experience, including insurance, transportation, accommodation and expenses
  • The transport of installations and provision of any equipment required to host the feature
  • Costs associated to build, furniture and technical requirement of exhibits (where applicable)

The organizers of the Festival will cover:

  • The venue costs
  • Costs of standard technical requirements and logistics
  • Volunteers to support the running of sessions and spaces

All session organisers, innovation hosts and experience leads will have their logos featured on event materials and all participants of the Festival will be invited to join the evening celebrations free of charge.

All features of the Festival will be promoted through the event website, Festival app and UN SDG Action Campaign’s social media channels.

Hosts are also encouraged to cross-promote on their own platforms. Further guidance will be provided upon acceptance of submissions.

YES! Please see our logistic page for further information on planning your trip to Bonn, and if you application to be part of the programme, further details to prepare and plan for your session, innovation and experience will be shared by the organisers.

Members of the organizing team will connect with all session, innovations and experience hosts to:

  • Support the development of sessions, providing expert advice on session formats, briefing notes for speakers and moderators
  • Support will be provided for innovations and experiences in the form of logistical/operational guidance and further details on programming and scheduling.
  • Ensure that all sessions, innovations and experiences are appropriately promoted through Festival communications channels.

FAQ: Funding and Visa Applications

The Festival Organizing Team are unable to provide funding for participants to join, we would however encourage you to seek support if needed through other avenues. In previous years we’ve seen participants crowdfund their place – a great way to demonstrate your campaigning skills and share what you are doing with your networks!

All active partners engaging in the Festival, whether speaking, hosting a session, innovation, experience or performing will be offered privileged visa support which includes an official visa invitation letter and a waiver of visa fees. Beyond this support, this category of participants will need to apply through the usual channels as identified on the German Embassy website for your country.

General Festival participants will be offered a confirmation letter when their registration is accepted but will not be eligible for further support.

Non-European Union passport holders require a visa to enter the Federal Republic of Germany. Please be aware that the registration for the event is not sufficient for visa application

In the case that a visa is required to enter the Federal Republic of Germany, please submit your visa application for a short stay visa at the German mission responsible for you. Detailed information regarding the visa application, online appointment booking, documents to be submitted etc., can be found on the website of the German mission responsible for you under:  Consular Services – Visa Information – Short term visa (Schengen visa).

The visa application has to include all documents listed on the website of the German mission responsible for you. Incomplete visa applications cannot be processed.