Cross Sector Collaboration to Accelerate Sustainable Infrastructure

In partnership with Goal 17 Partners, the Guggenheim Sustainability Quotient will explore key insights from their research while presenting a path forward to deploy trillions of dollars in assets held by institutional investors to fund sustainable infrastructure projects around the world.

The Guggenheim Sustainability Quotient is a research-driven framework for transitioning sustainable infrastructure into an institutional asset class, developed in partnership with the world’s foremost academic institutions (Stanford University, Tufts’ Fletcher School), research and advocacy organizations (WWF, GIB), and infrastructure practitioners (CCR, KPMG, Mott MacDonald) to enable institutional investors to commit the capital needed to meet global infrastructure needs. Guggenheim and its partners have performed extensive research on best practices to foster the acceleration of sustainable infrastructure and do so in a way that addresses many of the social, economic, and environmental issues that are growing more acute in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

From Global Vision to Local Action: Connecting Waste-Pickers in Ghana to a Global Marketplace for Plastic

Ghana is one of many countries where a vibrant ecosystem of waste pickers is critical to keeping the country clean, but where the system operates “below the radar,” limiting pickers’ capacity to connect to potential buyers and recyclers. As part of the World Economic Forum’s Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP), an innovative pilot project is bringing together the Government of Ghana, SAP and other GPAP partners to leverage IT to create transparency in the value chain, ensure pickers earn fairer wages, and ensure that companies and consumers know when they are accessing premium “social plastics” to better protect communities and the environment. This session will focus on how to initiate and implement innovative solutions in local communities and foster discussions on what corporate, government and NGO partnerships need to do to have true global impact.

Multilateralism Reimagined: Towards a UN and multilateral system that is more democratic, rules-based and inclusive

As the world is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, we see heightened global insecurity and anxiety. International cooperation is under severe strain due to heightened geopolitical tensions and rivalry. The rules-based order upon which the UN Charter was conceived is being challenged. Our UN, and the multilateral system more broadly, needs to answer to the real anxieties of people with practical responses.

To solve the global challenges of our times – from COVID-19 to climate change, raging conflicts and unchecked technological advances – we need more inclusive international cooperation rather than a regression to narrow nationalism. The SDGs are our common road map for the future we want. To realize the 17 SDGs we need stronger partnerships and deeper involvement from civil society, the private sector, trade unions, local governments and other relevant stakeholders. This message emerged loud and clear from the UN75 global consultation.

Through a multi-stakeholder discussion with the private sector, academia, the UN, youth and civil society, speakers will explore ideas and thoughts on how these stakeholders can participate in and reshape the multilateral system to deliver better on the SDGs.

Zero Malaria Challenge: How the lessons of the past can inspire progress to end malaria

Join us for a high-level virtual event “Zero Malaria Challenge: How the lessons of the past can inspire progress to end malaria” led by His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya in his capacity as Chair of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance.

Taking place alongside the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, this event will put the spotlight on the urgent need to protect historic gains against malaria that are under threat as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to reinvigorate global efforts towards a malaria-free world.

High-level Roundtable on Climate Action

This roundtable event convened by the UN Secretary-General will showcase high-impact solutions by governments and real economy leaders, in line with the Secretary-General’s six climate-positive actions to recover better together. The event will show the vast social and economic benefits of a sustainable recovery and of action to limit global warming to 1.5°C by achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and ensure that people and planet are fully protected from climate change impacts. This event will also jump-start an ambition arc that will take us to the Fifth Anniversary of the Paris Agreement on 12 December, when governments are expected to present ambitious and quality climate plans (the Nationally Determined Contributions – NDCs – and Long-Term Strategies), all the way to COP26 in November 2021.


Accelerating the end of the COVID-19 pandemic: Taking new solutions to scale to save lives, protect health systems and restart the global economy

The high-level side event hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Kingdom, South Africa, and the UN Secretary-General aims to build stronger political consensus for a coordinated global response to COVID-19 and champion the importance and urgency of equitable access to new tools, especially effective vaccines. It also seeks to catalyze a step-change in support for the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A), the most promising solution for global equitable access to the tools needed to accelerate the end of the pandemic.


UN75 Youth Plenary

The UN75 Youth Plenary will be as a one-day event convened by the United Nations in which discussions are led and driven by young people. Young people will take the center stage throughout the day as “keynote speakers” and Member States and high-level Government officials as well as UN representatives will participate as “keynote listeners”. As such, the Youth Plenary will be held in an innovative and youth-led format and will not include a plenary debate with statements from Member States in accordance with usual practice of the Assembly.

The event will kick off with a ceremonial opening and remarks by the President of the General Assembly, followed by an interactive discussion between young people and the UN Secretary General regarding current global trends, emerging risks and the opportunities we have as a collective to bridge the gap between the future we need and the preset realities and experiences.

Webinar: Ensuring meaningful participation of civil society in UN processes

Lessons learned from HLPF and the way forward.

The webinar provides an important occasion to reflect on the lessons learned from the virtual HLPF (High-level Political Forum) 2020 and asses collective measures needed to enable genuine inclusion of civil society actors and other stakeholders during future UN processes, including HLPF gatherings. The webinar will be hosted by the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the UN in New York and feature speakers from the Danish Government, the Costa Rican Government, the SDG Kenya Forum, Action for Sustainable Development, UN Major Groups and UN DESA. The discussion will be moderated by the UN Foundation.

This webinar seeks to contribute to emerging efforts to address restrictions on civic space following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and to strengthen greater inclusion of civil society in multi-lateral processes. The event will further provide an opportunity to identify multi-stakeholder recommendations to advance meaningful civil society inclusion in future UN processes including HLPF cycles.

Equator Prize Initiative Ceremony

We know that the business-as-usual model of how we produce and consume virtually everything – from food, water, medicine, fiber – is unsustainable, and has created our planetary emergency. We need new stories to guide us toward a new normal. The UNDP-led Equator Initiative is a partnership that recognizes and shines a spotlight on new stories that embody the future we need – on local, nature-based solutions that help achieve multiple sustainable development goals. In this session, ten winners will receive the Equator Prize. The celebration will feature remarks by decision makers, celebrities, and the winners themselves along with videos and music. The event will make a powerful case that local action on the three categories of the prize: “Nature for Climate,” “Nature for Water,” and “Nature for Prosperity” offers a powerful planetary response to our planetary emergency.

The Future of Sustainability: Creating Tipping Points through Collaboration

WBA and Forum for the Future will discuss how they can collaborate on practical action to drive the transformation needed to deliver the SDGs. This workshop will draw on insights generated for Forum’s 2020 Future of Sustainability report, due for launch October 14. The report explores the tipping points set to define the decade ahead, and highlights the pathways we are seeing emerge from the major discontinuity caused by COVID-19.

This workshop is invite only.

Achieving the Global Goals through Local and Regional Governments Actions

Convened by the NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, UN-Habitat, Goal 17 Partners and the City of Helsinki, this virtual event consists of an hour and a half discussion on local and regional governments actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. This event will feature local and regional leaders who will discuss ways they are working to meet the 2030 Agenda while managing challenges such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. They will also provide key highlights from their 2020 Voluntary Local Reviews. Civil society and private sector representatives will explore the importance of partnership between these sectors and government to ensure no one is left behind.

YOUNGA Mainstage VR Spectacular

This fall, BridgingTheGap Ventures is organizing the inaugural YOUNGA™ Forum making history as the first-of-its-kind global youth town hall using VR and XR technology. Through an inclusive, forward-looking youth-driven dialogue, YOUNGA will connect young people directly with influential decision-makers and industry leaders to co-create solutions for a more inclusive, sustainable world.

Live streamed worldwide, our mainstage features candid intergenerational fireside chats between influential leaders and young changemakers, along with immersive 360 performances in virtual reality. Over the course of the weekend, Youth Delegates and other attendees will also be able to experience spatial recordings of 35+ Innovation Masterminds at their own pace.

Connected Future Series

This World Rhino day, NTT Ltd. will be celebrating Goal 15, Life on Land. Join NTT Ltd.’s CMO, Ruth Rowan and founder and Executive Chairman of the Connected Conservation Foundation, Doc Watson as they share the journey of this great initiative and what the future of proactive conservation can look like.

Goalkeepers Awards

Every year, Goalkeepers presents the annual Global Goals Awards. These awards recognize remarkable individuals taking action to help achieve the Global Goals by 2030. The fifth annual Global Goals Awards will be announced September 22, 2020. Come back then to meet this year’s remarkable recipients.

Goalkeepers Report 2020 Launch

In the past, our annual Goalkeepers Report has focused on recognizing the progress we’ve made and offered a clear view of what still needs to be done. But as we’ve all experienced, 2020 is different. Our report reflects that.

We have to confront the current reality with candor: SDG progress has now stopped. In this report, we track 18 indicators included in the United Nations’ SDGs. In recent years, the world has improved on every single one. This year, on the vast majority, we’ve regressed.

Responsible Investor’s Guide To The Goals

Launching September 25, this 19-day series will cover all 17 SDG goals individually, reflecting on progress towards the SDGs’ objectives and the extent to which institutional investors are working with the goals in their financial decision making.

Includes proprietary journalism plus commissioned articles from CEOs, CIOs and heads of responsible investment at leading pension funds and investment houses globally.

Advancing Ocean-Climate Solutions in the Arc Toward COP26

With a number of key moments to advance ocean-climate action on the horizon—including the U.N. ocean-climate dialogue in November 2020, the ongoing submission of NDCs, and the U.N. climate conference in November 2021 (COP26)—join us for a discussion on how countries can create a blue-green future.   

Climate change is the greatest threat to the ocean and the coastal communities that rely on its health. Yet the ocean is also a source of sustainable climate solutions. A comprehensive climate strategy will maximize ocean-based measures—from decarbonizing the shipping sector to protecting and restoring coastal blue carbon ecosystems—to complement the full suite of policies necessary to phase out carbon pollution and build climate resilience for frontline communities and ecosystems.  

Dr. Jane Goodall: B-Well Together Wellbeing Break

Hear a discussion on the importance of forests to combat climate change and how you can join the trillion trees movement. Dr. Jane Goodall will be joined by Suzanne DiBianca, Chief Impact Officer & EVP, Corporate Relations of Salesforce for a fireside chat.

Be The One: Outrage To Action Masterclass

The Harvard-designed Outrage to Action: Adaptive Leadership and Change Management Masterclass equips current and emerging leaders with the mindset, frameworks, and tools to navigate uncertainty and lead systemic change on critical development and community challenges.

This high-impact Masterclass draws on real-life examples of current global issues to help leaders across diverse industries better understand how to navigate challenges to maximize their impact. The transformative training will cover leadership frameworks including: applied system thinking, adaptive leadership, authentic leadership, problem diagnostics, change management, behavioral insights, behavioral economics, challenging assumptions, and building strategic partnerships.

Together, we will explore new mental models and develop the grit needed to sustain the political and social pressures of creating change. The training is committed to unlocking the potential for bold leadership that the world desperately needs around the Sustainable Development Goals. As proud partners to Global Goals Week, and to further the commitment of the Humanity Lab Foundation to activate a global community around the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Masterclass is offered free of charge and is accessible to all.

The Outrage To Action Masterclass is offered at various times for the duration of the United Nations General Assembly and Global Goals Week.