PRESS INVITE: 1 March 2017

Sustainable Solutions: Bonn to host International Experts, Business Leaders and Activists at World’s First Playable Development Conference, 1-3 March


FEATURING: LAUNCH OF THE UN SDG ACTION CAMPAIGN AND ITS GLOBAL CAMPAIGN CENTER IN BONN
 

(20 February 2017, Bonn, Germany) - Hundreds of leading thinkers, policy-makers, business leaders and civil society activists from over 80 countries will gather in Germany for the first ever Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development, to chart new thinking and action on the world’s biggest challenges at the World Conference Center in Bonn, 1–3 March 2017.

The event will feature the launch of the UN SDG Action Campaign and Global Campaign Center in Bonn, designed to provide real-time cutting-edge advocacy support, big data expertise and analytics to national governments and multi-stakeholder partners across the globe to ensure the SDG Agenda is brought to life.

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1 – 3 March 2017 (3-day event open to media with a dedicated press moment on 1 March)
World Conference Center Bonn, Plenary Building (Plenargebäude), Platz der Vereinten Nationen 2, 53113 Bonn, Germany
NB. Key sessions of the Festival will be broadcast live on UN Web TV.

Press Moment Wednesday, 1 March 2017


KEY MEDIA SPOKESPEOPLE
 
  • Ingrid Gabriela-Hoven, Director General Global Issues, Sector Policies and Programmes, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Ashok Sridharan, Lord Mayor of Bonn
  • Sarah Poole, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP
  • Mitchell Toomey, Global Director of the UN SDG Action Campaign
  • Ishbel Matheson, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, ODI
  • Alaa Murabit, SDG Advocate
AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS FOR MEDIA  
 
  • 10.00h: Arrival. Please arrive by 10.00am for registration and security. Kindly bring a valid identity card (with photo).
  • 11:00 – 12:45h: Multi-stakeholder action to achieve the SDGs, featuring the launch of the UN SDG Action Campaign and Global Campaign Center, and photo opportunity
  • 12:45 – 13:15h: Press Q & A on the SDG Live Stage
  • FULL FESTIVAL AGENDA
MEDIA ACCREDITATION
 

Please note that registration to attend this event is compulsory. Go to media online registration/accreditation. Registration is open until Tuesday, 28 February 2017.

Contact: Marta Rojas - Media and Communications Coordinator, UN SDG Action Campaign, marta.rojas@undp.org, +49 (0) 2288152691

More information: Globalfestivalofideas.org & Festival Agenda ; Sneak Preview (15 Dec 2016): Video & Background

NOTES TO THE EDITORS:
 
  • This Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development is hosted by the UN SDG Action Campaign in partnership with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and an exciting alliance of international organizations, with the support of the Federal Government of Germany.
  • 10 million people lifted their voices in the development of the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty and tackle climate change.
  • All 193 Member States of the United Nations have committed to achieve the SDGs by 2030. The Goals represent a holistic agenda, which can only succeed if implemented in an integrated manner.
  • This Festival is the first in a series of annual forums.
  • The UN SDG Action Campaign is an initiative of the Secretary-General, with the mission of ensuring that everyone has the support, encouragement and capability to advocate and act to ensure the SDG agenda is brought to life. It recognizes and celebrates the innovators, conveners and break-through actors who are transforming lives, tackling trade-offs and generating practical solutions to some of the world’s biggest sustainable development challenges.
  • The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is the UK’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. ODI’s mission is to inspire and inform policy and practice which lead to the reduction of poverty, the alleviation of suffering and the achievement of sustainable livelihoods in developing countries.
  • Organizing partners for the 2017 Festival include the UN SDG Action Campaign, ODI, the City of Bonn, Cepei, Data-Pop Alliance, Engagement Global, Plan International, Salzburg Global Seminar, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Resources Institute (WRI), with other supporting partners.

Press Invite for download.

Press release, 1 March 2017: Sustainable Solutions: Global activists, business leaders and experts join the world’s first playable conference on sustainable development in Bonn