The Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development is an inclusive convening moment for the SDG community to come together to:
- Acquire knowledge, build skills and learn about new tools that can help you to act more efficiently for Agenda 2030 in your daily tasks.
- Meet diverse individuals and organizations with whom to partner to create synergies and help you better reach your organizational goals.
- Be inspired by the creativity, dynamism and innovation, including elements you can take home to use in your local context.
- Present your latest projects, achievements and approaches and let your fellow participants learn from you.
The UN SDG Action Campaign has called upon SDG stakeholders from across the spectrum to submit session proposals to help create a diverse, dynamic and inclusive event for actors from across the Globe to share their own work, practical examples and tools to enable further action towards Agenda 2030.
The application window for session ideas has now closed. All applicants will be contacted by the beginning of February to confirm next steps. Watch this space for an update on the agenda!
The Festival will focus on three core themes in 2018:
Innovation & Disruptive Change
To deliver Agenda 2030 we need transformative change. What are new technological innovations that can help? Which underlying social norms and value systems need to be disrupted? How can disruptive change globally, nationally and locally be fostered at high pace?
Agenda 2030 was created with broader citizen consultation than any previous global political agenda. Why does it matter to include citizen voices in global political debates? How can people from around the globe be engaged in the implementation of the SDGs? How can the impact of citizen engagement be maximized?
Communicating the SDGs
Everyone can contribute to achieve the SDGs. To do that everyone has to know about the SDGs. How can we reach people who are not yet aware of Agenda 2030? How can we reach those people we don’t usually reach outside “our bubble”? How can we make data and topics like governance be interesting - or “How to make data sexy”? How can national and local ways of communicating the SDGs be devised?
The Festival will bring together diverse individuals and organisations including from governments, civil society, the UN, business, cities, academia as well as youth representatives and interested citizens. If you are interested in the SDGs, you should come to the Festival.
Depending on the volume of appropriate submissions, sessions will run for 45 or 90 mins.
The window for submissions will close on 15th January 2018, these will then be reviewed by the core organising team and all lead organisers will be contacted by 31st January to be notified if their session has been accepted.
Session organizers will be expected to cover the costs of their staff and speakers to attend the event and run the session, while the core organizers of the Festival will cover communications and media work to promote the session, the venue costs and all technical requirements and various logistical support. All session organisers will have their logos featured on event materials and on the website (please see the Partnerships page for further information) and all participants of the Festival will be invited to join the UN SDG Challenge Awards Ceremony (21st March) and the social event on the evening of 22nd March, free of charge.
The Events Manager will connect with all session organizers to support the development of sessions, provide expert advice on session formats, briefing notes for speakers and moderators and will support by ensuring that each session is appropriately promoted through associated communications channels.