The biggest #SDGGlobaFest ever! Festival-goers commit to concrete action for the SDGs

“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

SDGs engagement reaches new heights at the largest ever Global Festival of Action

Meet the 8 Winners of the UN SDG Action Awards 2019!

How can we, together, #Act4SDGs? 10 key messages from the Opening Plenary

Read all the Festival stories and see the photo gallery!

Watch all videos of the Festival

Primavera Sound teams up with the UN SDG Action Campaign: 17 Goals for a better world and a better festival

Primavera Sound Festival

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were adopted in 2015 by world leaders at a historic UN Summit as a plan of action for governments, the private sector and civil society to work together to eradicate poverty and inequalities, tackle climate change and ensure prosperity for all whilst protecting the planet.

The alliance between Primavera Sounds and the UN SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) Action Campaign will serve as a framework for the social actions that the music Festival has been carrying out for several years, and drive new initiatives of climate action, sustainability and equality that will offer participants a more sustainable and meaningful experience.

In the words of the UN SDG Action Campaign, “To make the 17 Goals a reality we need all of us to take action, and all of us to ensure that we are making progress in achieving each one of them. Primavera Sound is a perfect platform to connect with young and creative people, who want to get active for the causes they care for, and make music Festivals a meaningful experience for all”.

The Sustainable Development Goals universally belong to all of us, and from today are officially adopted also by Primavera Sound. The 17 Goals include measures to promote gender equality, the promotion of responsible consumption and production, and the eradication of social and economic inequalities for all while protecting the planet and tackling climate change. The actions that will be implemented at this year Festival act on, amu all of these objectives.

  • Change single-use plastic cups for reusable polypropylene cups: An initiative that not only respects the environment but also makes a gesture to the most faithful festival fans: with 19 different models, one for every year and portraying the several Sustainable Development Goals, each one recalls the festival’s history line up by line up.
  • Introduce measures and actions designed to avoid, sexual harassment and discrimination and ensure women and girls safety.
  • Participate in the creation of the first music fund for children
  • Offer a plastic bottle recycling bank, bicycle parks, sustainable catering and donation of surplus food to avoid food waste.
  • Facilitate access to people with disabilities

Sustainable Development Goals engagement reaches new heights at largest ever SDG Global Festival of Action

Activists, development experts, changemakers and creatives come together in Bonn, Germany, to catalyze action on the SDGs, test and accelerate new ideas, while deepening the coalition for SDG Action


The global community gathered at the SDG Global Festival of Action in Bonn, Germany, to reiterate its commitment to accelerating the Sustainable Development Goals. Organized by the United Nations SDG Action Campaign, the Festival stressed the need for advocacy, citizen engagement, behaviour change and political will to drive the action required to make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality.

Held from 2–4 May, this year’s Festival brings together over 1,500 participants from over 150 countries, ranging from activists to high-level representatives, offering a dynamic space where they can share different perspectives, test and accelerate new ideas, and build an environment where the SDGs become a priority for political engagement and democratic participation.

Maria Flachsbarth, German Parliamentary Secretary of State, spoke about the upcoming SDG Summit and how it should bring renewed political commitments to the implementation of Agenda 2030. “These are turbulent times. Around the world, multilateralism is coming under pressure.” Tania Freiin Von Uslar-Gleichen, Director for Human Rights at the German Federal Foreign Office agreed, urging everyone to walk the road of action together, and highlighting the need for international cooperation and ambitious multilateralism in the face of global challenges. Addressing an audience of creatives, activists, youth leaders and business and government experts, she said: “You are a force of nature for the 2030 Agenda.”

“We need partnerships, public and private, for-profit and nonprofit. We need governmental and nongovernmental organizations. You have to take the Agenda to your local constituents to nationalise the SDGs and transform them into their national development plans. Change requires urgency and determination”, Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, Assistant Secretary General and Director for the Regional Bureau for Europe in the UN Development Programme

“Change requires urgency and determination”

Speaking on a panel on multi-stakeholder insights, leaders will underline the need for advocacy and citizen engagement. Linking sustainability and citizen action, Juan Somavia, Former Director-General of the International Labour Organisation said that ‘it is totally impossible for the SDGs to become a reality without the people.” This was an overarching theme with the other panellists. “We are agents of change, and if we don’t believe that, nothing is going to happen in our lives’, said Gabriela Cuevas Barron, Mexican Congresswoman and President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. “This is the moment when we have a lot of questions, but at the same time, we have a very clear consensus: This development Agenda. This is a clear roadmap. A strategy that we must follow.” She continued by saying that this change starts with the government, working hand in hand, heart by heart, with the people they represent. “If we really want to change the world in 11 years, it seems impossible, but of course it’s possible, and that’s why we are here.”

Leadership was one of three keywords Cristina Gallach, High Commissioner for Agenda 2030 for the Government of Spain highlighted when discussing how the Spanish government has used the Agenda as a framework for political action. “Top leadership is essential,” but so is organization and mobilization. She suggested building alliances with entrepreneurs, youth organizations, academia, and artists — “civil society is key”.

Bringing in the youth perspective, activist and co-founder of Hashtag Our Stories, Yusuf Omar, compared the political protests that have swept the world these past few years to the climate demonstrations we are seeing today: “We are on the brink of another moment, a climate moment. This is not a future projection of what could happen — it is happening right now. He encouraged the participants to use their digital devices to tell their stories online.

Eddie Ndopu, Special Advisor for Impact and Corporate Sustainability to RTW Investments and soon to be appointed SDG Advocate, delivered a powerful message on defying the odds. Being diagnosed with spinal muscular dystrophy as a child, he outlived his expectations and became the first African with a degenerative disability to graduate from the University of Oxford. “I am in the process of putting the words disability and possibility in the same sentence.” Next year, he is planning to be the first disabled person to travel into space to deliver a televised address to the United Nations on greater SDG implementation. “Regardless of who you are, where you come from, how you identify, you matter, your humanity matters. And this is what it means to leave nobody behind, It means that we need to give way for the most vulnerable segments of society to move from the back of the line to the front so that they can lead”.

SDG Action Awards — Winners

The UN SDG Action Campaign runs the SDG Action Awards to celebrate individuals, civil society organizations, subnational governments, foundations, networks, and private sector leaders who are advancing the sustainable development movement in the most transformative, impactful and innovative way. Today, the winners of the 2019 UN SDG Action Awards were recognised at the SDG Global Festival of Action.

The innovative projects included: A crowdmap for sexual violence from Mumbai, India; an immersive multimedia form of storytelling following twelve families lives around the globe over the next ten years, a data-platform tracking over USD 10 million meant for social development impacting over two million rural lives across African communities; a project that uses creativity and participatory arts to tackle sexual and reproductive health and HIV in Malawi; a campaign showcasing the employment legacy of the London 2012 Paralympics; a nation-wide campaign that led to the repeal of the infamous rape-marriage law in Lebanon and finally a blockchain-based token rewards project mobilizing recycling entrepreneurs and tackling ocean plastic and global poverty in Haiti, Philippines and the USA.

The United Nations climate action campaign Act Now was recognised with an honourable mention for taking advantage of innovative artificial intelligence, creating a chatbot that helped connect people’s voices with the United Nations.

SDG Studio

In addition to the High-level plenary, the live-streamed SDG Studio provided a dynamic stage where Ted-style talks, interactive discussions and performances. Speakers included Ovais Sarmad, Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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Meet the 8 Winners of the UN SDG Action Awards 2019

Campaigners, Storytellers, Mobilizers, Connectors, Campaigners, Visualizers, Includers, Creatives, these are the most transformative and impactful SDG initiatives of the year.

Every year, the UN SDG Action Awards, organized by the UN SDG Action Campaign, celebrate individuals, civil society organizations, local governments, and changemakers who are taking transformative action to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across a range of categories.

On May 2, we announced and awarded this year’s leading mobilizer, connector, campaigner, visualizer, includer, creative and storyteller, who together send a clear message to the world — that advocates are translating the Global Goals into local action, and are making an impact through innovation, dedication and collaboration.

Meet the #SDGAwards 2019 Winners

Visualizer category:
Safecity: Crowdmap for sexual violence — Mumbai, India

“There are millions of women and girls who experience sexual violence on a daily basis. They can’t be here but each one of you can make a difference.” — Elsa Marie D’Silva

Elsa Marie D’Silva, Founder and CEO, receiving the Award (Photo: Filippo Fortis)

Storyteller category:
Humans & Climate Change Stories — Lausanne, Switzerland

“As a journalist, we spent 5 weeks in privacy with the families and there is a very solid contract between the journalist and these families — they are in the front line of climate change,” — Samuel Turpin

Samuel Turpin receiving the Award (Photo: Filippo Fortis)

Creative category:
Make Art / Stop AIDS: Youth — Zomba, Malawi

“The impact that this project has brought to the students has left a print in my heart. Art is a powerful language.” — Sharon Kalima

Sharon Kalima, Youth Programme Officer, after the announcement of the SGD Action Awards. (Photo: Filippo Fortis)

Connector category:
Tacking Ocean Plastic and Global Poverty with IBM Blockchain Technology — Haiti, Philippines and USA

All of us should systematically embrace good tech, and collectively advance sustainability. — Andrés Rodriguez

Andres Rodriguez, Alexandra Hiniker, and Ottavia Ortolani before the announcement of the Award. (Photo: Filippo Fortis)

Campaigner category:
A White Dress Doesn’t Cover the Rape #Undress522 — Beirut, Lebanon

“Dedicated to my country, my family, my team, to every women survivor of sexual assault. They can’t be here but each one of you can make a difference.” —Ghida Anani

Ghida Anani, Founder and Director, receiving the Award. (Photo: Filippo Fortis)

Includer category:
Transforming Lives Make Senses for Everyone — United Kingdom

“I’d like to thank the 4.237 parathletes who went to the London 2012, who changed attitudes towards disabilities. Their amazing performance has inspired the world and its thanks to them that one million more persons with disabilities are in employment in the UK.” Craig Spence

Craig Spence, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, with his team. (Photo: Filippo Fortis)

Mobilizer category:
Follow the Money — Abuja, Nigeria

“In 2018, we were able to track over 10 million dollars in Nigeria and reached directly 2 million lives. Mobilizing citizens, engaging governments, using data and telling stories brings change. Achieving the SDG’s is about connecting the dots.” Hamzat Lawal

Hamzat Lawal, Founder, receiving the Award. (Photo: Filippo Fortis)

People’s Choice Award:

2030 Youth Force Philippines — Philippines

“We go beyond our network and get to the grassroots and make them aware that they also contribute to the Global Goals.” — Jules Guiang

Jules Guiang, Co-Founder receiving the Award. (Photo: Yaroslav Senchuk)

Honourable mentions

WFP Storytellers Project
United Nations World Food Programme Communications Team
Rome, Italy

Empowering Marginalized Young Women &Youth Through Volunteerism and Community Radio
A project by UN Volunteers and UN Women Community Radio Project Team
Quetta, Pakistan

The People’s Seat Initiative
A project by UN Climate Change and the UN’s Department of Global Communications
Bonn, Germany

The most important countdown of the year
An initiative by Newlink group, RTVE & High Commissioner 2030 Agenda
Madrid, Spain

I am a force to be reckoned with!
A project by UNDP Nordic Office in Sweden
Stockholm, Sweden

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The SDG Global Festival of Action is almost here!

Join us to hear from 150+ speakers – High-level political experts, decision-makers, activists, thematic specialists, and sectoral giants – delivering keynote addresses, hosting expert panels and leading on more than 60+ interactive sessions, 25+ innovations, games, and exhibits, 20+ Film screenings and VR /AR experiences, 30+ SDG Studio Talks, Art and Musical performances…With the UN SDG Action Awards Ceremony and After Party, Networking Hours, and an SDG Procession to an evening of fun and music at the Rhine in Flames festival, the festival is THE meeting place for international SDG actors to build relationships, learn new skills and forge the much-needed coalitions to further SDG Action!

The top SDG campaigners, advocates and activists from over 130 countries have already signed up! Are you joining us?

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The SDG Global Festival of Action is almost here! 🎉🎉 Join us to hear from 150+ speakers – High-level political experts💥, decision-makers⭐️, activists⚡️, thematic specialists💫, and sectoral giants✨ – delivering keynote addresses, hosting expert panels and leading on more than 60+ interactive sessions, 25+ innovations, games, and exhibits, 20+ Film screenings and VR /AR experiences, 30+ SDG Studio Talks, Art and Musical performances… With the UN SDG Action Awards Ceremony and After Party, Networking Hours, and an SDG Procession to an evening of fun and music at the Rhine in Flames festival, the festival is THE meeting place for international SDG actors to build relationships, learn new skills and forge the much-needed coalitions to further SDG Action! 💪 The top SDG campaigners, advocates and activists from over 130 countries have already signed up! ✍️ Are you joining us? 🎉🎉 #SDGglobalFest #Act4SDGs #2030agenda #sdgs #sustainabledevelopment #globalgoals

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At this year’s SDG Global Festival of Action, we’ll be joined by high-level political experts and decision-makers, inspiring activists who let nothing stand in their way, thematic specialists and sectoral giants; we’ll see the new thinkers, new dreamers and new doers standing side by side with the household names and old friends joining in our quest to make the SDGs everyone’s Goals.

From Maria Flachsbarth, Parliamentary Secretary of State for Germany to Eddie Ndopu, the first disabled man going to space, from Juan Somavia, Former Director General of the International Labour Organisation to Inverse K, a technologist and spoken word poet, from Claire Melamed, CEO of Global Partnership on Sustainable Development Data through to Estevao Ciavatta, celebrated film director and producer; this year’s cast will inspire and intrigue you –

Dig deeper into our festival sessions and see who you can find!

Meet all#SDGglobalFest Speakers

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Connecting Festival-goers

With our SDG Action Partner Unity Effect, we’re creating an interactive and real-time visualisation of the SDG Global Festival of Action, You’ll be able to see who else is working towards implementing the same SDG, or see with whom you are connected! Sign up to be part of it and experience the power of connections!

Be a sustainable participant

From the Festival App, virtual participation and vegan food options, to reusable water bottles, we want to make sure the SDG Festival has a minimum environmental impact. Read how we’re making this Festival sustainable and how to contribute

Unveiling the 21 Finalists of the 2019 UN SDG Action Awards!

The UN SDG Action Awards recognize individuals, civil society organizations, subnational governments, foundations, networks, and private sector leaders who are advancing the global movement for the Sustainable Development Goals in the most transformative, impactful and innovative way.

This year, the selection process has been harder than ever with more than 2000 excellent applications from 142 countries. Now a judging panel of + 20 leaders will select one winner per category out of the 3 finalists. You can have a role and like & share your favourites to win the People’s Choice Award

Meet the 2019 #SDGAwards Finalists!

Using visual or creative representations of data to influence decision-makers and the public of the importance of the SDGs

Unequal Scenes — Cape Town, South Africa
A drone-based art project showing people the radical divisions that inequality engenders around the world

Safecity: Crowdmap for sexual violence — Mumbai, India
A platform that crowdsources personal stories of sexual harassment and abuse in public spaces to empower women and strengthen policing

SDG-Portal for Municipalities — Gütersloh, Germany
Visualising progress on SDGs in cities through easy to use indicators

Capturing powerful human stories to help communicate the interconnectedness of the SDGs in people’s lives through different mediums

The owners of water — Lima, Peru
An investigative series that reveals the degree of inequality in both access and distribution of water within indigenous communities

The backway: from Africa to Europe — Barcelona, Spain
A visual transmedia project illustrating the main African migratory routes from West and East Africa to Europe

Humans & Climate Change Stories — Lausanne, Switzerland
An immersive multimedia form of storytelling following the impact of Climate Change on 12 families’ lives in different countries over 10 years

Mobilizing individuals, organizations or networks for collective action for the SDGs

Follow the Money — Abuja, Nigeria
An initiative that shows and tracks national governments’ and foreign assistance spending to empower citizens – including marginalized communities- to hold governments to account for their commitments

2030 Youth Force in the Philippines — Quezon, Philippines
A nationwide mobilization of thousands of young people, aged between 15 and 30, raising awareness on the Agenda 2030 whilst building the next generation of leaders for the SDGs

Sustainable Turn (VS) — São Paulo, Brasil
City-wide creative festivals for the SDGs (9 cities across Brazil) mobilizing 7.2 million participants and reaching out to more than 100 million people in 2018

Harnessing artistic expression to spur SDG Action and awareness through creativity, empowering and connecting people

My Earth Songs: Songs for Children on Sustainability — Bangalore, India
27 SDG songs for children created by the Grammy Award Winner Ricky Kej and being used by thousands of schools reaching more than 5 million kids

Our Sustainability: A Reminder Through Interactive Experience -Subang Jaya, Malaysia
An interactive experience designed by the multimedia school The One Academy to bring the SDG awareness to commercial malls

Make Art / Stop AIDS: Youth — Zomba, Malawi
Youth theatre and poetry programmes addressing taboos on sexual and reproductive health in a country with extremely high HIV rates

Ensuring that excluded groups become part of the SDG dialogue and decision making in their community or at international levels. Leave No One Behind!

African Monitor: Citizen’s Report—Cape Town, South Africa
Youth groups capturing data to lead citizen monitoring initiatives and hold governments to account on SDGs progress

ALMAJIRI Child Education and Social Inclusion — Abuja, Nigeria
Breaking religious and cultural barriers to ensure inclusive education to millions of street children

Transforming Lives Make Senses for Everyone — United Kingdom
A campaign showcasing the transformative legacy of the London 2012 Paralympics:1 million more people with disabilities in Great Britain finding jobs

Engaging multiple stakeholders or building networks to generate the transformational change needed to make the SDGs a reality

The plastic bank — Haiti, Philippines and USA
IBM blockchain platform connects recycling entrepreneurs from amongst the world’s poorest to clean up ocean plastic, tackle poverty and advance circular economy

NYC Voluntary Local Review of the Sustainable Development Goals — New York, USA
The first city in the world to report to the UN on local progress on SDGs through a Voluntary Local Review (VLR)

Italian Sustainable Development Festival 2018 — Rome, Italy
A nation-wide movement across all sectors of Italian society, to disseminate a culture of sustainability through 800+ events in 17 days

Local, national and international communications campaign to raise public awareness about the SDGs and people’s role in SDG action

A White Dress Doesn’t Cover the Rape #Undress522 — Beirut, Lebanon
A provocative national campaign that led to the repeal of Article 522, the infamous law allowing rapists to avoid prosecution by marrying their victims

The #RunningDry movement — Cape Town, South Africa
One woman takes on 100 marathons in 100 days for 1 reason: to win the global water crisis

Integrity Idol: “Naming and Faming” Honest Government Officials — Islamabad, Pakistan
Nationally broadcasted contests to identify and reward honest government officials as role models of integrity and personal responsibility

The 21 Finalists’ initiatives show how innovation, creativity and commitment can lead to impactful SDG actions around the world. These initiatives serve as an inspiration to the growing community of SDG change-makers and influencers taking action for the Goals. The winner of each category, along with the People’s Choice Award, will be announced at the SDG Action Awards Ceremony, on 2 May 2019 at 18:00 CET at the SDG Global Festival of Action.

Join the movement and watch the winners receive their prize in person on via live broadcast on UN WebTV:

Meet the 2019 #SDGAwards Finalists!

SDG Action Digest March!!🎉 Your monthly news from the #SDG global movement


Taking action in your community and/or workplace can be simple. Check out UN Women’s HeForShe Action Kit – to promote and support equality in your workplace.



The SDG Global Festival of Action program is LIVE! Panel discussions on the roadmap towards the achievement of the SDG, interactive sessions, inspirational keynotes, workshop, SDG Action trainings, SDG games, performances and more to step up SDG Action. Secure your place at the Festival to join the conversation and the SDG community.

Join the Festival!

Only 5 weeks to go before the SDG Global Festival of Actionstarts. We’ve got a packed program with high level panel discussion on the transformative changes required to make the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development a reality, workshops, interactive sessions, SDG actions training, exhibits. There will also be an SDG Action Studio, an SDG Film selection and other creative initiatives to inspire citizens’ action for the SDGs… Be part of the #SDGglobalFest-ival! 


5 inspiring stories behind the ASEAN MY World 2030 Programme

A group of young SDGs Advocates in the ASEAN region share their experiences promoting the MYWorld survey to raise awareness on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Their stories will be featured at the upcoming ASEAN Summit (27 – 29 March) on the last day of the Sixth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development. Discover how thehave impacted their communities!

MYWorld 360 community continues to grow, learn and create. Submit by 1 April! 

These are the last days to submit your MY World 360° media (in any language) and be part of the Global Festival of Action in Bonn, Germany. Students and creative change-makers from all over the world have been working together to share ideas, human stories on the Story Pitch Forum and Rough Cut Forum in the MY World 360º Educator Community.


10 initiatives to advance #GenderEquality

For International Women’s Day, we have highlighted 10 initiatives from the SDG community that are empowering girls and women to action and make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality. Read more and share their successful stories. 


SDG Action in Brussels with the Young People Programme

To show their local leaders what was needed to make their city safer, 14 teenagers took to the streets of Brussels with cameras to highlight how lack of both gender equality in public spaces and safety at night were tangible concerns. Their work was showcased by Plan International in Belgium through the Young People Programme. Read about the “Our safe cities” project.

Ocean Film Tour 6th Edition #Act4SDGs

The International Ocean Film Tour partnered with the SDG Action Campaign to feature the most inspiring ocean adventures, water sports activities and environmental movies of the year, aiming at raising awareness on the SDG. Find out more about the festival!

Highlights from the SDG Action Campaign team

The SDG Action Campaign team is getting ready for the Festival! 

Passionate and committed volunteers have joined the team to help us in the final preparatory phase towards the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development. You’ll meet them soon! 

Find out more stories of @SDGAction and share yours with the SDG Community on FacebookTwitterInstagramand LinkedIn.

Help us scale up, broaden and sustain the global movement of action to transform the world! 

5 stories behind the ASEAN MY World 2030 Programme

A group of young SDGs Advocates in the ASEAN region share their experiences being volunteers for the MYWorld survey to raise awareness about the 2030 agenda. Their report and achievements will be presented at the ASEAN Summit on the last day of the Sixth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development.

Youth advocates from Cambodia, Brunei, Thailand, Singapore, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia take action for the SDGs! Between June 2018 and March 2019, a total of 60 local events were organized in 9 countries, reaching over 10,000 people. Students, youth, volunteer-based organizations, representatives from marginalized groups and at-risk populations had their say on the SDGs.

These unstoppable SDG Advocates dedicated between 100-120 hours/month organizing SDG workshops and Youth Forums on SDGs, partnering with their universities and inviting students, academia and civil society to their events in their countries.

Meet the inspiring stories of their journey being a MYWorld volunteer in their local communities!

Dina and “MY Action For SDGs”

“MY Action For SDGs” is a campaign which aims to raise awareness of the SDGs, particularly among youth and children in Brunei Darussalam. Behind the campaign is Dina, who has collected 581 votes so far for MYWorld survey. She also represented Brunei at the ASEAN Women’s Leadership Academy in Jakarta, after being nominated by the Young Southeast Asian Leaders (YSEALI) programme in April 2018. Currently, she is involved in Global Shapers Bandar Seri Begawan and WeCare whose overall aim is to shape employability and provide humanitarian aid respectively. Read Dina’s blog about her experience

Nen & Ky in Cambodia

There are 8 SDG Advocates in Cambodia. They are located in several cities in Cambodia, and together they collected more than 3,000 votes. Among them, Nen Neou has a special characteristic: he was raised in a Buddhist family and he has been a Buddhist monk in Theravada tradition for 7 years.

Nen collected 2,068 online votes and 137 offline votes among religious communities. As a Buddhist monk himself, he visited several Buddhist high schools in August 2018 to raise awareness for the SDGs and collect MYWorld 2030 votes, including offline in Khmer language.

Ky Veasna is also an SDG Advocate in Cambodia and the president of the ASEAN Youth Leaders Association. He led an introduction session for students on MY World 2030 and the SDGs at the University of Cambodia (September 2018). In collaboration with several NGOs such as WaterAid Cambodia and government representatives from the Ministry of Rural Development and the Ministry for Tourism, he also moderated a panel discussion on young people’s roles on SDG Goal 6 for Clean Water and Sanitation. This discussion kicked off a 3-day camp and the launch of a campaign in Cambodia focused on sanitation, called “Saart Cheanich” (Always Clean).

Currently, he has been leading two projects on Water and Sanitation and Combatting Trafficking in Persons in eight provinces across Cambodia. He works with international and local NGOs, governments, young people and local communities.

Nur & her experience with the SDGs and the Indonesian Television

There are currently 8 SDG Advocates who have collected more than 8,000 votes in Indonesia. One of the Indonesian SDG Advocates, Nur Hayyu Supriatin, promoted the SDGs and the ASEAN MYWorld 2030 initiative on the famous Indonesian Broadcasting System or RRI (Radio Republik Indonesia) Sorong. She also organized a public discussion on “Improving Human Development Index in West Papua with SDGs” with the support from the Youth Changemakers Sorong organization located in West Papua. Her work as a MYWorld volunteer has contributed to creating a meaningful dialogue between citizens and their local government representatives. Nur is a journalist that also writes a storybook for Kasimle’s village children to increase their reading interest.

Read more about her experience here!

Singapore and the food waste campaign

There are many ways to raise awareness about the SDGs and one of the ASEAN SDG Advocates in Singapore used his creativity to reach his community. Shafkat Fahmid Sifat created “Choices and Habits Reducing Food Waste in Singapore” an advocacy video in Singapore about SDG 12 on sustainable consumption. The video was shared widely among young people in Singapore and beyond.

Shafkat was also the President of Migrant Workers Awareness Week 2016, one of the biggest events to raise awareness on migrant workers’ issues in Singapore. He is also one of the co-founders and a foreign delegate of Youth’s Voice, a registered NGO in Bangladesh, where he is involved in fundraising, especially in relation to the assistance for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and for raising awareness on menstrual hygiene.

Taking action with MYWorld 2030 Advocates Programme

Dina, Nen, Kyn, Nur and Shafka are part of the ASEAN MY World 2030 Advocates Programme that was set up in June 2018. Under the leadership of the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub and the UN SDG Action Campaign, they have the opportunity to take a leadership role and carry out a series of advocacy activities in all 10 ASEAN countries. They were selected based on gender/ thematic area/ geographic criteria. Currently. there are 21 men and 29 women, professionals in education, climate change and social entrepreneurship areas.

The program encourages them to place a strong emphasis on marginalized and vulnerable groups: children, women and girls, economically-disadvantaged people, persons with disabilities, LGBTI+ groups, indigenous people, refugees and stateless persons. and marginalized groups. This way, they can really “leave no one behind”.

The results of their effort in local communities

All of the volunteers are doing a great job spreading awareness on their communities about the SDGs. The stories of the SDG Advocates can inspire a whole community to take action. Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Viet Nam have tailored MYWorld 2030 programmes to implement them this year. Strategic partners, such as the ASEAN Foundation, several universities and regional civil society partners and youth networks, such as 2030 Youth Force, AIESEC and JCI, are involved in promoting the survey at the local level. All the efforts are needed to get everybody in the ASEAN region aware of the Sustainable Development Goals also needs the compromise of everybody. Keep the work up!

Finally… the SDG Global Festival of Action program is out!

We are only 6 weeks ahead of one of the most inspiring and energising SDG moments of the year! And thanks to the SDG community we’ve got a packed program full of workshops and interactive sessions with everything needed from learning new skills to connecting with partners and build the much-needed coalitions to advance action on the SDGs. Here’s a sample of the diversity of interactive sessions that awaits you each day…


Sound Impact: How music can lead in the delivery of the SDGs
UN SDG Action Awards Ceremony ABC for SDGs-preneurship Campaigns
Youth Movement 4 the SDGs
Harnessing Artistic Expression to Spur SDG Action and Awareness through Creativity, Empowering and Connecting people


The Power of Sport for Advancing on the Sustainable Development GoalsCommunicating the SDGs: The Food Forever StoryMulti-stakeholder Partnerships and Coalition BuildingYoga
Adaptive Intelligence of the Barefoot Solar MamasMunicipalities for Global Sustainability: Implementation of the 2030 Agenda at a Local Level


Social Entrepreneur Contest
SDG Campaign in Japan
Drumming workshop
Teaching SDGs around the world
Closing High-Level Plenary

See the daily program!

And this list is still growing! More sessions, innovations and exhibits, the SDG Action Studio program, the official Film selection and other exciting Festival experiences to come… stay tuned!

Plan your Festival experience

Download the Festival app, fill your profile and connect with the SDG community! Create your own agenda to map the experience that is right for your needs and stay up-to-date with the latest programme news!

Find all the information you need to know about public transport, accommodation and currency exchange in the city on the logistics page. and get ready to arrive in Bonn!