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Being part of the change we want to see!

"A week after the #SDGglobalFest and we are still over the clouds"  says a Festival-goer and we feel the same!

Actions and real solutions to tackle the Sustainable Development Goals and make the world better are taking place now – and coming from all types of organizations and corners of the world!

At the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development we aimed to create the space for solutions to be exchanged, experienced and scaled through collaboration. We made it happen – together with the most active and change-making sustainability advocates, dreamers, and leaders... each one of you joined and shared what it takes to initiate real change and take action for the world we want.

Keep reading to re-live the best stories from the Festival... 
Explosive 3 days of inspiration, new connections, exchanging innovative solutions and dancing to the sound of SDG-inspired music... This is what happened. 

Over 50 interactive sessions

featured, focusing on 5 core thematic areas: Innovative approaches, communicating the SDGs, citizen engagement, multi-stakeholder engagement, mobilizing action

Over 250 speakers


Over 1,500 participants

More than 30,000 people watched the livestream

from 158 countries

Over 30 innovations and exhibitions showcased

20 SDG films screened

at this year's first Film Festival Over 50 talks, dialogues, barcamps and unique sessions on the SDG Studio

Over 50 talks, dialogues, barcamps and unique sessions on the SDG Studio

DAY 1: The Power of Action: Create the Change you want to see
Encouraging words from the United Nations Under Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, the sound of beatboxing and drumming, bold calls for change, action, and inclusion to achieve the SDGs... as soon as it kicked-off, Festival-goers created a network with the SDG colors to celebrate action for sustainable development happening everywhere, engaging everyone, both literally and figuratively. 
... and we met the first ever United Nations SDG Action Awards winners! Be again inspired and encouraged, maybe even get a little bit emotional by revisiting the super powerful speeches, emotional moments, beats and joy by re-visting the Awards Cermony
DAY 2: The Power of the Collective: Leave No One Behind
LGBTQ representatives, refuge seekers, indigenous people, youths from Melanesia, Polynesia and Micronesia took the stage. Stories of resilience, change and good examples of what measures are been taken and need to be scaled by youth movements and private and public sector to make sure no one is left behind
DAY 3: The Power of Collaboration 
The combination of hands on how to sessions, live conversations on the SDG Studio, a lively knowledge and innovation zone, the Festival experiences and the virtual reality zone generated unique exchanges, strong connections and a truly positive energy throughout the three days of the event. Closing out the Festival was a powerful moment A fully interactive rap filled with love fired up the crowd, bringing together acoustic drums, beatboxing and SDG inspired lyrics, to take all the learnings, connections and strength back home and keep the momentum going! 
SDG Action Talk - Youtubers Datteltäter tell us how they use humour and satire to make the world a little bit more open. 

Bringing the Action for SDGs to millions all across the world

More than 30,000 people watched the livestream from 158 countries and the Festival was a trending topic on Twitter in Germany. #SDGglobalFest and #SDGs were trending on social media & stories and lives shared the Festival with over 5 million people.

Over 60 media outlets from all around the world featured the Festival. Here are some of our favorite stories:

"Die UN feiern ein "Global Festival of Action" in Bonn" WDR 

"Ce sont des prix d’action parce que nous avons besoin de plus que des mots" by the Huffington Post 

"No ‘fancy suits and long speeches’ at UN-backed sustainable development festival in Bonn" UN News

"Una fiesta para celebrar que se hace algo por un mundo mejor" by El Pais, Planeta Futuro 

"The United Nations and the administration try every year in a gloomy world, encouraging people to achieve these goals (translated from Pashto) by BBC 

"Pacific Youths take to internet for Climate Change" by the FIJI Times

"When I stepped into the conference hall, I knew that I was going to witness a historic moment!" SDSN Youth
The #SDGStudio featured lightning talks, elevator pitches and special launches engaging participants in constructive conversations for the achievement of the SDGs.
Re-visit the SDG Studio, sessions & videos from the Festival
See the Festival photos
See all the photos from the Awards Ceremony
Media report


A huge thanks to all our partners, speakers, exhibitors and supporters for their time, effort and support – together we have this important moment firmly embedded in the calendar of all sdg stakeholders year on year. Meet our partners, friends and supporters 


Join us for the Global Day of Action on 25th of September with #ACT4SDGs and check the UN SDG Action Campaign page all year long to see how people are pushing for change in every single corner of the planet.

Looking forward to seeing you next year for the third round of the Festival, from 6 to 8 March, 2019!

Stay tuned & follow the Festival website for updates on the next edition. 

"Our VOICE, our POWER, our SOLIDARITY are the success ingredients for any GLOBAL ACTION" 
Let's keep the spirit going!

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