“We cannot change where we came from but we can change where we’re going”
MARINA PONTI, Global Director of the UN SDG Action Campaign
Looking beyond the promises of Agenda 2030, the third edition of the SDG Global Festival of Action saw more than 1,700 participants from over 150 countries come together to make the impossible possible and create a step-change in behaviour to catalyse collective action around the Goals.
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The Festival in numbers
Over 60 interactive sessions featured, focussing on 7 core thematic areas: Connections, Campaigning, Mobilization, Inclusion, Visualisation, Storytelling and the Creatives
Over 250 speakers
Over 1,700 participants in attendance – 60% of whom were female!
Over 145 countries represented
Over 30 innovations and exhibitions showcased, 20+ Film screenings and VR /AR experiences, 30+ SDG Studio Talks, 10+ Art and Musical Performances
4 Million people reached through social media channels and over 37M impressions generated over the days of the Festival
8 SDG Action Awards Winners, 21 SDG Action Awards Finalists, 4 Honourable mentions and 2,000 applications
Highlights of the Festival
“Governments can use the SDGs as a framework for political action” in words of Cristina Gallach, High Commissioner for Agenda 2030 for the Government of Spain. On the local level, the City of Milan made a commitment to prepare their first Voluntary Local Review taking into account citizens’ feedback.
Augmented Reality, 360º media, and digital storytelling were experienced across the Festival. “We are on the brink of another moment, a climate moment. This is not a future projection – it is happening right now,” mobile journalist Yusuf Omar showed us how quick and impactful creative content can be: watch video
Climate was front and center, including discussions on deforestation, extreme weather, climate challenges and solutions. “Humans are like rivers: they get bigger and stronger when they get together” – Estevao Ciavatta, called for more collective action.
“We are not just the beneficiaries of this Agenda, we are the leaders of this Agenda”Eddie Ndopu, award winning, internationally acclaimed activist and humanitarian, UN Secretary-General Sustainable Development Goals Advocate
Best Festival reads
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