The Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development 2018 in Bonn

The Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development is the world´s most inspiring SDG event to celebrate, empower, and connect the global community driving Action for the Sustainable Development Goals. The Festival takes place 21 til 23 March 2018 in Bonn, Germany.

The festival will recognize and celebrate the innovators, conveners and breakthrough actors who are transforming lives and generating practical solutions to some of the world’s most intractable problems. Taking place in Bonn each year, the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development provides a dynamic and interactive space to showcase the latest innovations, tools and approaches to SDG implementation and connect organizations and individuals from different sectors and regions to exchange, build partnerships, and make the impact of their solutions scale.

The 2018 Festival themes are Innovation Approaches, Citizen Engagement, Communicating the SDGs, Mobilising Action and Multi-Stakeholder Engagement.

Alumniportal lab

The Alumniportal Deutschland is an official Action Partner of the Global Festival of Action 2018! On Friday, 23 March, we will host the “Take Action Lab – Success Factors for Citizen Engagement”, where we will be joined by several Germany-Alumni. Using innovative, participatory approaches we will learn about different individual initiatives on how global citizens can contribute to the achievement of the SDGs and collaboratively define success factors for citizen engagement. Are you participating in the Global Festival of Action anyway? Great! Come over and say hello or join us for the Lab!

For those who can’t make it to Bonn, a live stream of the plenary sessions and the SDG Studio will be available, allowing virtual audiences to experience the festival without travelling. We will also report on our activities – follow the hashtags #SDGglobalFest and #SDGAlumni on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram for current information and behind-the-scenes coverage.

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UN SDG Action Challenge Awards

There are many people, organizations and change-makers out there already taking on the challenge to achieve the SDGs. The festival wants to celebrate some of the greatest innovators, mobilisers, connectors, storytellers, communicators, visualisers and includers from across the Globe, learn from them and help them thrive!

Therefore, members of the global SDG community have been invited to enter their projects, initiatives, networks and people for the chance win a UN SDG Action Challenge Award. The Alumniportal Deutschland encouraged its members to apply for the awards and indeed: Germany-Alumnus Olusegun Osifuye from Nigeria was among the finalists in the awards ceremony on 21st March 2018 during the Global Festival of Action in Germany!

The Global Festival of Action at a Glance

When: 21 - 23 March 2018

Where: World Conference Center Bonn
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 2,
53113 Bonn, Germany
The venue is the plenary building (Plenargebäude)

Organised by the UN SDG Action Campaign with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the German Federal Foreign Office, the Festival brings together the global community taking action to make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality.

March 2018


21 March 2018

I support the idea of mainstreaming SDG issues in to a National education curriculum at least at higher education level but if possible at the level of primary education stratifying with the age of the children. Some 15-20 years ago the issue of HIV counselling and testing, HIV related national and International policies, prevention and treatment strategies were not included in Health related programs in developing countries. And, always there was provision of training after the health professionals were graduated from the college and the Universities. later, many countries adapted HIV related issues in the university Medical and health sciences disciplines. Now medical and health sciences students are doing well. With this approaches "Task Shifting" of HIV treatment was made in several developing countries with universal access for health. And, we can see the impact which is really great in many African countries including Ethiopia. Thus, putting issues related to SGD issues in national curriculum will help the nations and the UN in a multidimensional fashion and enhances citizens engagement!

25 February 2018

Am a curriculum specialist with experience on mainstreaming SDG issues into a national education curriculum. I would like to share my experience with the world experts at way of motivating other coming up professionals to continue supporting SDG in their field of operation.

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