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The Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development is brought to you by the UN SDG Action campaign and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), together with CEPEI, Data-Pop Alliance, Plan International, Salzburg Global Seminar, the World Food Programme and the World Resources Institute. New partners are welcomed – the organizers are committed to working with many organisations from different regions and sectors to produce an event that is dynamic and innovative, and built on the best knowledge and experience.

The UN SDG Action Campaign

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 recognises 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 most intractable development problems.

The 2017 Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development will be the inaugural annual event to convene these actors and advocates, to ensure they have the innovative tools and approaches to accomplish their missions. Each year the event will be designed to meet the needs of this dynamic global community of change-makers.

2017 Partners

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is the UK’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. Our 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.

CEPEI is an independent, non –profit, non – governmental think tank, working through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to increase the effectiveness of development cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Data-Pop Alliance is a global coalition on Big Data and development created by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, MIT Media Lab, and Overseas Development Institute that brings together researchers, experts, practitioners, and activists to promote a people-centered Big Data revolution through collaborative research, capacity building, and community engagement. As of February 2016, Flowminder Foundation has joined Data-Pop Alliance as its fourth Core Member.

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We strive for a just world, working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners.

Salzburg Global Seminar aim to challenge current and future leaders to solve issues of global concern. We do this by designing, facilitating and hosting international strategic convening and multi-year programs to tackle systems challenges critical for the next generation.

The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. In emergencies, we get food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed, we use food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives. WFP is part of the United Nations system and is voluntarily funded.

The World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global research organization that spans more than 50 countries. We work closely with leaders to turn big ideas into action to sustain our natural resources—the foundation of economic opportunity and human well-being. Our work focuses on six critical issues at the intersection of environment and development: climate, energy, food, forests, water, and cities and transport.

Join us

We’ve given ourselves a 15-year deadline to achieve the SDGs and it’s going to take all of us, working together, to get the job done. Please do join us in Bonn. We have a huge task ahead of us, but the results will be ground-breaking!

To find out more or to get involved please contact Xavier Longan xavier.longan[at]undp.org or Hannah Messenger h.messenger[at]odi.org.uk.