Get Your Hands Dirty!
There is plenty to experience, watch, see and learn at this year’s SDG Global Festival of Action!
SDG Action Zone
Do an interactive tour of the SDG Action Zone in the Lobby and get inspired, mobilize and connect for the global SDG movement!
#IamSDG: SDG Butterfly Effect
Every ACTION, big and small, can have a transformative impact in making the Goals a reality! #IamSDG showcases the SDG butterfly effect to transform the world and show that we stand and fly behind the Goals! Augmented Reality and the digital flying wall brings brings illustrated art to life by turning each of the 17 SDGs into wings. Come and take a photo at the butterfly digital wall and show the world that you are the SDGs!
SDG Mural Wall
Draw and paint on our Festival SDG mural! We also invite you to record a selfie video in front of the mural and tell us about the world you want to see and what ACTION are you taking to make sure that happens!
Global Day to #act4SDGs
The Global Day to Act4SDGs is the primary mass mobilization activity of the UN SDG Action Campaign. It is a global yearly call to action to engage all stakeholders across the world to take action for the SDGs. Explore http://act4sdgs.org and see what happened in your communities, and sign up to take part in the next Global Day!
MYWorld is a global citizen survey designed to empower people and ensure that everyone, even from the most marginalized communities, can share their perspectives on the Sustainable Development Goals. MYWorld is the largest global survey ever carried out by the United Nations.
Voluntary National Review on the SDGs
How is your country reporting on the SDGs? With the UNDP/UN DESA interactive data visualization platform for Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), people can search in and across national reports, compare countries and regions and learn more about how the SDGs are interlinked!
The visualization breaks down the Voluntary National Reviews and shows in an easily-digestible way how countries are reporting SDG progress, how SDGs are interlinked at the national level and how progress is reported over time. Users can also compare reports between countries, regions and Goals.
Explore the visualizations and let’s discuss how citizens and organizations can contribute in the follow-up and review process of the 2030 Agenda!
Innovations offer an interactive and immersive experience for Festival-goers. Learn more about the latest trends and pioneering approaches to SDG communications, visualizations and transformative technologies!
Adaptive Intelligence with Solar Mamas
Hogan Lovells and Barefoot College believe the illiterate of the 21st century are those who cannot unlearn and relearn – they believe in the adaptive intelligence of rural women to leverage technology for the future. Think you have what it takes? Join us to test your skills and see if you can unlearn, learn, and relearn like a solar mama.
Energypedia: Test your knowledge about energy
How well do you know Goal 7 (access to energy)? Take up the challenge and test your knowledge with this interactive energy quiz! After you have filled out the quiz, join us at our booth to discuss the answers and to learn more about how energy contributes to the other SDGs. Learn more at Energypedia
Food Forever Experience
The Food Forever Experience is an international event series that gives a glimpse of the future of food. By working with innovative chefs to cook up delicious dishes using lesser known ingredients, we aim to “plant the seed” for a more diverse, nutritious and sustainable future.
Come check out the exhibit in the lobby to learn more! And on Day 1 of the Festival, May 2nd, during the Networking Hour from 17:30 to 18:30pm, come join the Food Forever Experience and taste the future! Local, renowned chefs will be challenged to create delicious, diverse appetisers. The dishes will incorporate a range of ingredients currently on the margins of our food system and of local importance in the region such as wild cornel cherry, walnuts from the Rhine valley, wild peach, sweet clover and more.
While the tasting is based in Bonn and features the talents of local chefs, the reach is global: We all eat three times a day. That’s three opportunities we have to decide which foods to consume, where to source them, and which establishments to support. Follow Food Forever.
Phoenix Design Aid
Phoenix Design Aid is an experienced international design and communications agency supplying the United Nations, European Union and NGOs with graphic services. In all our projects, we focus on environment, climate and sustainable production. Therefore, we are honored to partner with the UN SDG Action Campaign. To enhance the visibility of the SDGs sustainably by drawing on our experience within merchandise, we will be launching a brand new web shop with sustainable products at the Festival and we look forward to telling you all about it! Follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn
Meeting places positioned throughout the venue for SDG stakeholders from across the globe to connect, network, share ideas, plans and build partnerships. These designated spaces provide participants with the opportunity to schedule meetings new and existing partners to connect and share ad hoc presentations.
Plant for the Planet: Chocolate for Change
You can change the world through eating chocolate! How? In eating our change chocolate. We are Plant-for-the-Planet, a youth-led organization who among other things plants trees with help of the change chocolate. Thus we are fighting the climate crisis. Simultaneously it also contributes to achieve all other SDGs. Therefore we are introducing a special SDG chocolate this fall. The chocolate not only sounds good, it also tastes good. If you want to check it out for yourself, come and find us. We will be giving away chocolate samples at the Sustainable Events Innovation Booth while you can see where the trees from your bar are planted.
SDG INVESTMENTS® is a specialised financial service provider based in Frankfurt with the aim to bridge the gap between project initiators and investors to make the SDG investable. It is a matching platform for financial instruments and investment products, which contribute to achieving the SDGs. Professional and institutional investors are able to find sustainable investment opportunities on the platform, which meet their individual selection criteria. SDG INVESTMENTS® therefore increases both the transparency and efficiency during the selection and investment process for the growing asset class of sustainable investments. Since its launch in 2017, SDG INVESTMENTS has already enabled over EUR 100mln of impact investments. Examples are impact bonds for nextbike, Hylea, Africa GreenTec and Deutsche Lichtmiete.
Come visit SDG Investments at the Tunnel area on 3rd and 4th May!
Suncrafter: Solar charging stations
Suncrafter is social startup from Berlin, Germany providing upcycled solar generators as off-grid phone charging stations for festivals, events and outdoor locations. They are are addressing SDG 7 and 12, are carbon-neutral and promote a green event culture. In the future they aim to supply remote areas and disaster-affected regions worldwide. Learn more at The Solar Generation and Suncrafter. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Charge your phones with the Suncrafter solar generators at the Festival!
UNSSC Sustainable Development Learning Corner
The Sustainable Development Learning Corner, powered by the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC), is an interactive open space for knowledge sharing and learning on essential sustainable development concepts and topics. It allows for a collaborative work space with lively discussions and practical demonstrations. The SD Learning Corner will feature a wide-range of fast-paced games and group activities that will not only test each player’s knowledge and skills on sustainable development, but will challenge them to think and act differently in order to implement the 2030 Agenda.
Want to join the conversation? Come to our 30-min flash workshop held on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. and Friday at 12:30 p.m. in the tunnel.
WFP: Disrupting Hunger? Yes We AR!
Through real life stories in augmented reality of aid beneficiaries, employees and partners in Bangladesh, Jordan, South Sudan, see how data, innovation and technology are already being streamlined to improve the WFP’s programmatic and humanitarian aid response, helping to disrupt hunger around the world.
Viewers will receive context on the food security situation in each country, including the cost of a plate of food and examples of innovative solutions that include biometrics, blockchain, cash based transfers and e-vouchers, the use of drones and satellite imagery, and mobile phone data collection. This World Food Programme Production is powered by Millennium Art and Katapult Communications. Eager to get involved? You can help fight global hunger by downloading the Share the Meal app / @WFP #disrupthunger
Unity Effect - Visualizing Networks
Action requires clarity. And clarity can be achieved through visualization! Unity Effect is creating an interactive and real-time visualisation of the SDG Global Festival of Action. You want to know who else is working towards implementing the same SDG? Or see with whom you are (already) connected? Sign up here then pass by our innovation booth and experience the power of connections and weaving networks! Learn more at www.unityeffect.net and see video from the last Festival.
Z-School: Youth AR and VR Storytellers
Virtual & Augmented Reality offers capabilities to experience phenomena never before possible with exciting opportunities to unleash the creativity of youth. Experience what happens when at the nexus of powerful new technologies & sustainability. Learn from students and teachers from the Think Global School who are using AR & VR storytelling and get inspired to become a storyteller in your community. Learn more at https://www.zschool.org/
Whapow: Natural spirulina smoothies
Whapow creates and combines premium spirulina with surplus/rescue tropical and local fruit to make 100% natural smoothies! At our booth, you will be able to experience the power and taste the deliciousness of photosynthetic microorganisms firsthand. These photosynthetic microorganisms are invisible superheroes that exist in total abundance and regenerate with unmatched resource efficiency, outperforming currently used sources of protein and other vital nutrients.
Whapow’s ambition is to create a mass movement powered by chefs and the food services industry for the adoption of these microorganisms into everyday iconic foods and beverages. Our starting point: shakes/smoothies, frozen grab-n-go snacks as well as microoragnism granulates that integrate easily into daily habits. Follow Whapow on Facebook and Instagram.
Like in Sabae, the “eyeglass city” of Japan, these glasses from Sabae City promotes the SDGs. Through one lens they promote a global perspective and through the other lens the importance of acting locally. There are 17 SDGs, so they incorporated 8 goals for each of the left and right frames. The frames and goals are further connected by the orange bridge, which represents goal #5, gender equality. This is the heart of made in Sabae and being “glocal.”
These eyeglasses are made from “LIMEX,” a new, environmentally friendly material that comes from limestone. LIMEX doesn’t rely on water or wood as a material or component. Additionally, they can also “upcycle”as LIMEX transforming it to make other items. In Sabae, this means manufacturing items key to our local industry, such as eyeglasses and lacquerware. With the aim of constructing a locally made product with a low environmental burden–to accomplish SDG goal #12–they have created this “glocal” product.
Learn about new ways of engaging people with SDGs with some fun and insightful SDG games!
Go Goals! SDG Board Game
Developed by the United Nations Regional Information Center (UNRIC), this SDG board game aims to help teach children around the world about the Sustainable Development Goals in a simple and child-friendly way. Learn more and watch the video. Come check out the game in the tunnel area on the 1st day of the festival- 2 May!
SDGs Action Card Game [X]
The SDGs Action card game called “X (cross)” is an easy and fun way to promote SDGs actions for people of all ages! Learn about the SDGs and actions to solve local and global problems. The game was created by the SDGs Global Youth Innovators (GYI) at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology in Japan.
The game consists of “trade-off cards” which describe situations each of the 17 goals. The “resource cards” present what is available such as advanced technology such as AI and robotics, industries, traditional culture, youth culture like animation to be matched with TRADE-OFFs to solve the problem.
SDG Business Board Game: Let's Learn SDGs!
Let’s Learn SDGs! The Future Technology Association for Promotion in Japan challenges businesses around the world to achieve the SDGs. They invite Festival-goers to play their SDG board game to learn about business activities related to the SDGs, collaborate with others and deepen overall understanding of the Goals.
Check out the creative lineup of artistic exhibits and installations that showcase the SDGs!
Children's Art Gallery Greece
As a proud partner of the SDG Action Network, The Children’s Art Gallery of Greece organizes the “SDGs Creative Action Project” to connect and engage children and youth in the SDGs through the creative arts. Young Greek artists between the ages of 8 and 14 create artworks to demonstrate their concern regarding peace, the environment, education, equality. The young generation is empowered and involved in the implementation of the SDGs with the support of art! Children paint the ideal future of humanity inspired by the UN SDG Action Campaign.
Cartoon Africa International Biennial Exhibit
See this exhibit in the wooden foyer by the cloak room! The Cartoon Africa International Biennial (CAIB) festival deploys comedic arts and multimedia with graphic humor and edutainment to broaden audience engagement and catalyze actions on the SDGs and other development concerns in Africa, in a global context.
At least one million African youths are targeted to be engaged/empowered and positively involved in the ongoing 14-month strategic CAIB Traveling SDG Cartoon Campaigns/art exhibitions and Workshops to foster creative dialogues, spread awareness and spur more people to taking SDG actions. Explore some of the award-winning art pieces at the Festival! Follow @CAIBNigeria.
Art Solar: Solar Panel Art Series
Come explore the Solar Panel Art Series in the Rhine Lobby!
Artwork is not just an object; it is also the experience and its contextual impact, how it is used and enjoyed, and how it raises questions and changes ways of thinking and living. The Solar Panel Art Series does exactly that, and it is a great example of how to open up the discussion about renewable energy and the unequal distribution of energy today. in addition, they not only make us think but also act. The Solar Panel Art Series decided to donate a part of their proceeds to Little Sun Foundation, in order to bring light and study time to children in rural Rwanda, and we are very grateful for this. Collectively, we can work towards global togetherness and a better future, including energy access for all. Follow @thesolarpanelartseries on Facebook and Instagram!
Comics Uniting Nations
Comics are an innovative way to reach a range of audiences around the Sustainable Development Goals. PCI Media, in partnership with UNICEF and the World’s Largest Lesson, will present examples from their Comics Uniting Nations series on the outer walls of Press Rondel (where Film Screenings take place). Download an AI application to your phone to access the full comics and more information on the initiative. Have your photo taken with live comic mascots and pick up a flash drive packed with resources! Follow @ComicsUniting on Twitter and Facebook.
Faces2Hearts – Travel far, get closer!
How can we take out “distance” as a physical obstacle to a better world? The Faces2Hearts photo exhibition will take you on a 3-continent tour to discover the unforgettable faces that marked the hearts of 4 young bloggers during a unique 5-month journey across Africa, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. Come and explore the amazing stories behind the photos – stories of positive change, stories of hope! Powered by the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission. Follow #Faces2Hearts @europeaid
Indigenous Cosmovision in Latin America and the SDGs
The exhibition from the Centro para la Autonomía y desarrollo de los Pueblos Indígenas (CADPI) is composed of 17 illustrations and descriptions that show the indigenous cosmovision about the SDGs, through indigenous visions, thoughts, dreams and words, which were created by over 30 indigenous people from 17 countries, who gathered together for an SDGs workshop in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, organized by FILAC.
soulbottles: Less plastic is fantastic
Water is life! While plastic pollution is increasingly threatening natural ecosystems, biodiversity and human health, 2.1 billion people still lack access to clean drinking water. At soulbottles, we aim to change this: our social business model helps to provide water and sanitation access globally; while our sustainable drinking bottles enable you to fight plastic day by day. Our exhibition represents the average quantities of plastic we use in our life and brings an invisible problem to the surface. Come by, have some tap water and learn important facts on plastic pollution, water and sanitation around the world! Follow @soulbottles on Instagram and Facebook.
Standup4HumanRights: One for All, All for One
Bonnections and the “Im Namen der Wellen” Initiative joined together with artists and community volunteers to create a site-specific arts performance and local edition of the “One for All, All for One” poster exhibit, organized and curated by the NGO Posters for Tomorrow in cooperation with the UN Human Rights Office. The exhibit is part of the global #StandUp4HumanRights campaign to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the UN Human Rights declaration. The SDGs seek “to realize the human rights of all.” Follow @bonnections on Facebook and Twitter.
Watch our 2-minute performance DemoArt video and come see these inspiring Human Rights posters from designers around the world in the wooden foyer by the cloakroom!
Sustainable Events Innovation Zone
Meetings and events provide huge opportunities to take action, contribute to the SDGs and engage with participants. Take the opportunity to talk to meeting and sustainability experts and ask questions. Provide your own ideas to catalyze for the SDGs! Hear from non-profit organizations how they engage with participants during events and what they do to support climate or conservation action.
Mobiles for gorillas: Support Wildlife Conservation
In collaboration with Cologne Zoo Conservation Project, we collect old cell phones and pass them on for recycling. Bring any old phones and hand over and recycle your mobile phone for gorillas!
Planting trees supports the SDG Trees create Development.
Learn how planting trees and eating chocolate do contribute to climate action, life on land and health and well-being just to name a few. Come and pick-up your Change Chocolate and pledge to plant trees!
More information here.
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Visualst - Art is Data
While the SDGs are the most important to-do list in history, countries and citizens lack a personal connection to the agenda. Visualst wanted to bring these goals closer to the people and organizations who are responsible for creating the change, so we started in our own community in Mozambique. We are bringing together social practitioners, organizations, activists, artists and data scientists to blend the meaningful with the beautiful. The Art is Data project is a collective art project where SDG data is transformed into artwork because we believe that action is moved by empathy and by feeling, and art is the universal medium for emotion. Join us at the SDG Global Festival of Action to experience the art that has been co-created in Mozambique to localize and humanize the global goals!