Sustainability at the SDG Global Festival of Action

For the delivery of the SDG Global Festival of Action, the organising team are committing to improving sustainability standards and practices. There is still much work to be done to deliver a truly sustainable event, here you will find an overview of the areas the team are working hard to meet SDG principles on.

To find out more about sustainable events and becoming a sustainable participant, you can meet a group of sustainable event experts in the innovations zone at the Festival – there you can share your ideas on how we can improve our approach and learn more about the latest industry trends and initiatives positioned to support the meetings industry play their part in advancing the SDGs.

Environmental footprint

We want to make sure all participants can experience the Festival with minimum environmental impact.

A number of actions are being taken to reduce the carbon and overall environmental footprint of the event and offset unavoidable greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions related to it:

Climate Neutral

The SDG Global Festival of Action is taking the ‘Climate Neutral Now’ pledge by partnering with the United Nations Framework for Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) to measure, reduce, report and compensate for emissions spent on hosting the event.

Reduced paper use

There will be no printed agenda, publications library or paper handouts. Instead, the Festival will feature an events app and digital signage.

Help us deliver a paperless festival by avoiding any printing and photocopying required for use during the event.

Virtual participation

For those who can’t make it to Bonn, a live streaming of the plenary sessions and the SDG Studio will be available, allowing virtual audiences to experience the festival without travelling.

Don’t be shy! We welcome your participation in the discussions by joining interactive Facebook live with and live-tweeting. Make sure to follow the hashtag #SDGglobalFest, #SDGstudio and #SDGAwards.

Waste Management

We are committed to reducing our waste, and encourage the separation of unwanted materials using differently marked bins to ensure maximum recycling. Be part of our task force and help us recycle!

Reusable water bottles distributed to participants will limit the generation of plastic waste.

Food and catering

For this year’s SDG Global Festival of Action – we are going MEAT FREE! Only vegetarian food will be served with at least one vegan option available for lunch each day.

The catering is done through a “Green Globe”, a “Sustainable Bonn” certified company, which prioritises the use of regional products, and tea and coffee from organic fair trade cultivation. Special attention is paid to the avoidance of food waste by calculating precise quantities and attempting to re-use.

Leftover food in good condition is picked up and re-distributed.

Organic waste is processed into biogas.

Play your part!

As an attendee at the SDG Global Festival of Action, you also have the opportunity to be a ‘sustainable participant’.

  • Use public transport: Every festival-goer must get to the World Conference Centre for the event, we therefore encourage you to consider how you plan to travel once in Bonn. With a fantastic public transport system, there’s no need to drive or get individual taxis, or if you would like to go one step further, Bonn has a public bike rental system – check out to find out more!
  • Recycle your badges: Look for the Recycle Badge Box at the conference service desk exit when you leave and leave any unwanted conference supplies there.
  • Visit the Sustainable Events Innovation Zone: Meetings and events provide huge opportunities to take action and contribute to the SDGs. 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!