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UN SDG Action Campaign calls to SDG changemakers worldwide, as SDG Global Festival of Action returns in 2020

UN SDG Action Campaign calls to SDG changemakers worldwide, as SDG Global Festival of Action returns in 2020

Press Release

Bonn, 10th December 2019 – The UN SDG Action Campaign today launched the call for applications for the 2020 edition of the SDG Global Festival of Action (1-3 April, Bonn). As in previous years, the Festival is designed by and for the international SDG action community to meet and connect, to share, experience and learn from the latest thinking, approaches and practices to be better equipped to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) together for people and for the planet.


Five years into the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 2020 will be critical for accelerating progress towards the SDGs as it will kick start the Decade of Action announced by the UN Secretary-General and mark the UN’s 75th anniversary. Marina Ponti, Director of the UN SDG Action Campaign, underlined that “the 2020 edition of the SDG Global Festival of Action will be a milestone to raise the visibility and impact of these global initiatives, while focusing on local and innovative actions and solutions that can lead to transformative change”.


In the coming weeks, the UN SDG Action Campaign will be crowd-sourcing applications and curating sessions, workshops and innovations in partnership with a variety of SDG collaborators from across sectors to develop a rich tapestry of insights, solutions and new ideas and through the process provide a platform for the latest changemakers.


Artists and creatives, social innovators, philanthropists, international institutions & NGOs, local authorities and national governments, academia and leading businesses can submit applications to host sessions, workshops, share experiences and innovations, as well as sign up to attend. The application process will be open for 4 weeks, until 10th January 2020. Selected applicants will become an integral part of the Festival from 1 to 3 of April 2020 in Bonn and join over 2,000 SDG changemakers from around the world.


The annual SDG Global Festival of Action is powered by the UN SDG Action Campaign with the support of the German Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ), the German Federal Foreign Office and partners with the overall aim of inspiring action for the SDGs.


The 2020 edition of the Festival will identify and promote local actions and innovations that can lead to transformative change, nurture and grow the SDG Action Community and provide participants with tangible learning, take-aways and opportunities to strengthen the impact of their work and build new alliances and networks with like-minded individuals and organizations.


For more information and to apply:



Apply to participate


Be part of the program

Be part of the program



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Media requests:

Requests and inquiries about the SDG Action Campaign and the Global Festival of Action should be directed to:

Marta Rojas Sevillano, Communications Lead, UN SDG Action Campaign

Marta.rojas@undp.org / T: + 49 (0) 176 830 58100 / S: marta.rojass



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About the UN SDG Action Campaign

The UN Secretary-General established the UN SDG Action Campaign to convene people from every part of the world to push for the SDGs—and hold decision-makers to account for progress. It mobilizes individuals and organizations to join the global movement for the SDGs. It inspires them to dream up new ideas and take bold actions. And it connects people to the corridors of decision-making where they can influence the plans, policies, investments and political commitments that will keep the promises made.


The campaign provides strategies for all parts of the United Nations to engage with citizens around SDG action. It makes links to key decision-making moments such as UN summits, the High-Level Political Forum and the UN General Assembly.


The Action Campaign develops and tests advocacy innovations that can reach diverse audiences and be widely applied within and beyond the UN system. Equally, through channels for listening to people’s perspectives, it helps UN Member States and UN organizations to improve awareness and strengthen policymaking and service delivery.



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