We are at an inflection point for people and planet, one that is testing our very humanity, solidarity and progress on sustainable development. People everywhere are now demanding a better future for our world. While the current moment of global crises poses great risks, it also offers the opportunity for sweeping systemic changes on the scale being demanded by so many people and required to reach the Sustainable Development Goals.
Over the course of three days during the UN General Assembly, the SDG Action Zone convenes leading thinkers, actors, creators, and activists through frank debate, challenging discussions, inspiring showcases and creative experiences to drive the exponential change on three core areas for accelerating action on the Goals: People, Planet and Partnerships.
The SDG Action Zone brings together traditional UN constituencies and people that have never attended UNGA.
Speakers are experts in their field, leading figures and effective activists representing a wide range of perspectives in society including diversity across sectors, geography, gender, race, religion, cultures and more.
These voices are inspirational leaders, national and local government representatives, young people, business, academia, multilateral organisations, civil society, activists, advocates, media, journalists, entrepreneurs, sports organisations, creatives, UN agencies, faith leaders, voluntary networks – movers, shakers, doers, connectors and multipliers!
The SDG Action Zone provided the space for deeper dives into what can and needs to be achieved, with a keen focus on how we get there through expanded mobilization, collaboration, and tangible and accelerator solutions and actions.
The crowd-sourced program includes big picture discussions, deep dive dialogues, interactive workshops, lightning talks, UN digests, performances and immersive experiences, in order to:
Each day will open and close with a ‘Big Picture’ plenary session with world leading experts, thinkers, and doers. Through these sessions, headline speakers will share unique perspectives and set their vision for what we could be achieved and how.
As a series of touch points each day, UN leaders will share a thematic digest. These digests will act as a gateway for newcomers to the topic areas to understand what is at stake, why you should care and how people everywhere can take action.
Digging deeper into thematic issues, these sessions will convene unexpected coalitions of business leaders, activists, investors, policy makers and more, in frank and action-oriented discussions where lessons learned are shared and prescriptions for change are debated.
Honest stories, bold analyses and personal perspectives will explore groundbreaking action-oriented solutions.
Emerging and established performers, musicians, film makers and immersive creators and artists from across the world will capture and let participants experience the urgency, hope and ambition of the current moment.
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