The SDG Global Festival of Action features a range of sessions, innovations and performances, all contributing to the Festival experience!

In order to create a diverse, dynamic and inclusive event for the international SDG community, a crowd-sourced approach has been adopted – the application window to be part of the program has now closed, but watch this space for program updates soon!

Plenaries and Interactive sessions

Each day of the Festival will be opened with a high-level plenary session in the Plenary Hall. These opening sessions will bring all 1,500 participants together and will be positioned to contextualize the discussions at the Festival and in turn, inspire each and every Festival-goer to take action during the Festival and beyond.

The Festival will feature over 60 interactive sessions, each co-curated and designed by SDG partners across the world, all designed to increase awareness, understanding and build capacity around SDG Action.

Innovations and Exhibits

This space will offer an interactive and immersive experience for Festival goers keen to learn more about the latest trends and pioneering approaches to SDG communications, visualizations and transformative technologies.

SDG Studio

A dynamic live stage positioned in the lobby area where SDG Action talks, dialogues, and pitches are featured. The live stage is broadcast on UN Web TV and will provide the platform for participants, inspiring speakers and key stakeholders to record and disseminate their SDG actions, commitment and stories.

Film Festival

Two dedicated spaces where participants can enjoy SDG Films featured in different media formats such as 2D, 3D, virtual reality and augmented reality. These films will allow participants to travel to distant corners of the world and find out how the SDGs are making a difference in people’s lives.

SDG Action Zone

Positioned in front of the plenary hall, this area is the SDG Action Campaign space where participants can learn and test the various SDG tools and initiatives that are led by the Campaign. From sharing participants’ own perceptions through the MYWorld survey, experiencing virtual reality stories through MYWorld 360, to pledging commitment to particular goals with the augmented reality butterfly effect SDG wings, the Campaign team will be at hand to meet and explore further engagement ideas and opportunities while sharing the latest toolkits and initiatives that can be adopted to further SDG action.

UN SDG Action Awards Ceremony

The UN SDG Action Awards celebrate individuals, civil society organizations, local governments and others who are taking action to advance the 2030 Agenda across a range of categories. The awards celebrate the mobilizers, connectors, campaigners, visualizers, includers, creatives and storytellers, each of whom will be announced at The UN SDG Action Awards Ceremony, being held on the first evening of the event – Thursday 2 May. Taking place at the Festival venue, this exciting evening of recognition and achievement will not only serve to showcase the incredible initiatives being led by  awards finalists and winners but will also serve as a closed-door social event for the SDG Global Festival of Action community to connect, share stories and further those critical connections, while being on the front row for some incredible performances and musical acts.


It wouldn’t be a Festival without some vibrant and exciting performances! We are honored to have the Djorma Dance Ensemble and Save the World with the Youth Choir of Theater Bonn and more at the SDG Global Festival Action!

Evening Events

In addition the UN SDG Action Awards Ceremony, on Day 1 we invite Festival-goers to mingle and connect with old and new friends at the Networking Hour to join us at the Awards After Party immediately following the Ceremony as we keep the energy and momentum of the celebration going!

On Day 2, join us for the SDG Procession as we walk together from the World Conference Center to the park along the Rhine. We’ll be leading the way with drumming groups and invite all participants to share their SDG energy for an evening of fun and music at the Rhine in Flames festival.

Demo Spaces

There are three Demo Spaces throughout the venue, which are the Upstairs Demo Space (by the Cloakroom), Lobby Demo Space (in the Main Lobby) and Rhine Demo Space (in the Rhine Lobby).  These designated spaces provide participants with the opportunity to schedule meetings, to connect and share ad hoc presentations.  We are going analogue with the booking process, check out the pinboard at each zone and sign up… First come, first served!

Meetup spaces

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 1-on-1 with new and existing partners. 1-on-1 meetings can be scheduled through the event app.