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​ ​tool​s​ ​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?

  • Citizen​ ​Engagement

    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.