19 – 21 September, 12:00-1:00 pm each day in the SDG Media Zone at UN Headquarters
Lifting up entrepreneurs advancing the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
19 September – Education & Empowerment | 20 September – Food / Water / Energy | 21 September – Health
WHAT IS THE SOLUTIONS SUMMIT?
Solutions Summit is an annual catalytic gathering at United Nations Headquarters in New York during UN General Assembly high-level week in September. This initiative lifts-up and advances the work of exceptional teams already developing innovative solutions that address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year’s Solutions Summit will take place from 19-21 September from 12:00-1:00 pm each day in the UN SDG Media Zone – a live broadcast event space at the UN focused on the SDGs. This special event will highlight projects advancing objectives of one or more of the 17 SDGs and will involve in-person accelerator sessions and social media interaction with the selected solution-makers. The first Solutions Summit in 2015 immediately followed the adoption of the SDGs by all UN Member States. It showed that people already have extraordinary solutions in progress to our most complex challenges.
WHAT ARE THE INTENDED OUTCOMES
During the Solutions Summit, a group of selected global innovators will give a ‘lightning talk’ outlining their breakthrough efforts to an audience of senior policymakers who have the means to pave solid regulatory foundations, investors who care deeply about long-term change and impact, industry leaders who are able to deploy quickly and at scale, fellow entrepreneurs who can share wisdom on starting up, and members of the general public, including youth, who will bring additional creative insight. The gathering will serve as a catalyst to convene resources and talent around solution-makers.
WHO IS ORGANIZING THE EFFORT?
The Solutions Summit is led by the UN Foundation, the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) and the Global Innovation Exchange, in collaboration with Shift7, the Global Entrepreneurs Council, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, with an open invitation for governments and other partners to join. UN-NGLS is coordinating the open and transparent application and selection process to curate solutions to be featured during the Solutions Summit.
Help us surface extraordinary individuals and teams who are developing solutions that address the SDGs.
SOLUTIONS SELECTED IN 2017
Afghan Institute for Learning Mobile Literacy Education for Women & Girls
Sonbola Group for Education & Development – STEM For Refugees Program
Fundación Paraguay – Poverty Stoplight
YCAB’s Premise for Change
SunCulture – solar-powered irrigation
AIDFI – Changing lives through ram pumps and passion
Global Vision 2020 – USee Vision Kit
MUrgency Inc. – Global Emergency Response Network (911 for the World).
SOLUTIONS SELECTED IN 2016
Solutions Summit 2016 highlighted projects that advance the objectives of the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, the UN-Habitat III Conference, the UN Climate Change Conference, the Open Government Partnership, and the UN-Oceans Conference. The projects selected for 2016:
Darwin / Great Whale Conservancy
Red Dot Foundation (Safety).
SOLUTIONS SUMMIT 2015
The first Solutions Summit in 2015 immediately followed the conclusion of the UN Sustainable Development Summit, and featured projects advancing the 17 UN SDGs:
APOPO Floating Fab Lab
PlanetOS African Design Centers
ColdHubs Newborn Foundation
AbzeSolar African Prisons Project
Baidu Recycle Biocarbon Engineering
Banka BioLoo Freshwater Recharge Wells
Legislation Lab Computational Food Security
Read about them in this article by Megan Smith (3rd US Chief Technology Officer) & watch the event video.
Source: Solutions Summit