Article / 19 Mar, 2018
Bonn Global Festival of Action to Help Drive Sustainability

UN Climate Change News, 19 March 2018 – Sustainability experts from around the world are gathering in Bonn 21-23 March to discuss ways to take action on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the “Global Goals”, including action on climate change.

With global issues such as population growth, rapid urbanization, food insecurity, water scarcity and increased competition for resources globally fueling tensions and instability, experts attending the Global Festival of Action will be looking at interlinkages between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Change Agreement as the means to build a sustainable future for all.

“By looking at climate and sustainability holistically, we maximize the potential for positive outcomes of every action we take. And when international commitments are turned into country-level action, tangible benefits are delivered to communities and the people who live there,” said Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change.

The around 1000 participants from 150 countries attending the festival will be able to connect with partner organizations, exchange ideas, build partnerships, and ensure that solutions are transported across borders.

The UN’s top climate change official Patricia Espinosa will be speaking at the opening of the Festival on 21 March at 9 am CET (with live webcast). Among the speakers at the Festival UN Climate Change spokesperson Nick Nuttall and Climate Neutral Now Programme Officer Miguel Naranjo.

Rising to the challenge of climate action, the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development is taking the ‘Climate Neutral Now’ pledge and partnering with UN Climate Change to measure, reduce, report and compensate for emissions caused by the event, including those associated with travel of participants.

The organizers are making the festival as sustainable as possible by for example replacing printed materials with an events app (available for iOS and Android) and digital signage.

The Festival will also recognize and celebrate the innovators, conveners and breakthrough actors who are transforming lives. The first ever SDG Action Awards will be presented on 21 march, recognizing outstanding achievements innovative efforts to ignite action on the Sustainable Development Goals.

UN Climate Change will be represented with a booth at the event, at which participants can find out more about initiatives including Climate Neutral Now and Momentum for Change, an initiative spearheaded by the UN Climate Change secretariat to shine a light on the enormous groundswell of activities underway across the globe that are moving the world toward a highly resilient, low-carbon future.
Join the Global Festival for Action on March 21 – 23 via live stream.

The main social media hashtag for the event is #SDGglobalFest.