The SDG Action Zone, held during the High-level week of the UN General Assembly, is a space to break out and engage partners for transformative SDG action in new and innovative ways.

Monday, 23 September -
Friday, 27 September

Rose Garden of the United Nations HQ, New York

Applications are now closed

SDG Action Zone programme to be announced soon


The SDG Action Zone is a space inside the United Nations grounds during General Assembly week (UNGA) where different actors can engage around the UN-High level meetings and events in a meaningful and visible way.

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relies on dynamic partnerships and the SDG Action Zone is a new opportunity to re-shape multilateral and diverse engagement during UNGA by enabling partners to gather, share stories and lessons, and devise plans to accelerate SDG action.

The SDG Action Zone offers partners the chance to:

  1. Connect and build important partnerships to accelerate SDG action, inside a packed General Assembly week

  2. Engage diverse actors in dynamic ways

  3. Break out of silos and have meaningful conversations around the High-level events inside UN Headquarters

Sept 24 – 25

Engagement Types

Individuals and organizations from across all sectors have been invited to share fresh, dynamic proposals that break through silos to accelerate and collaborate on SDG action.


Expert Panel Discussions, Case Study Snapshots, Evening Receptions and other interactive sessions on the themes of UNGA

Lightning talks

15-minute lightning-talks that share humane, disruptive and inspiring stories of SDG action


Innovations, games and immersive experiences that increase knowledge, empathy, and action for positive change in the exhibition zone.

Speaker roster

A register for individuals from a range of backgrounds that have expressed an interest in sharing their diverse perspectives and expertise at events hosted in the zone

Selection Criteria

The content submitted through the application process was encouraged to dig into specific, tangible issues and examples to drive transformative action or change. To be eligible, proposals must meet the following criteria: 
  1.  Promote action and accountability for the themes of UNGA: SDGs, climate action, universal health coverage, development financing, and/or small island states.
  2. Involve multiple sectors (i.e. civil society, business, academia, other key United Nations partners and governments) The more sectors included the higher consideration your proposal will be given.
  3. Include Youth*, gender balance and perspectives from the Global South.
  4. Connect and add value to the High-level events happening during UN General Assembly week.
  5. Engage the audience in an innovative way that goes beyond just reporting on SDG progress to date.
* Persons between the ages of 15 – 32, as defined by the UN Secretariat. Strong preference will be given to applications that have a focus on Leave No One Behind and youth engagement in relation to the UNGA themes.

Applications are now closed

SDG Action Zone programme to be announced soon

For additional information not covered above, please consult with our FAQs.

For more information on types on engagement, criteria, and the application process, please see the Application Guidance Note.





Please Note:

Where necessary and feasible, minimal operating costs will be recovered.

All events remain unconfirmed until they receive final approval from the SDG Action Zone


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