12-17 September; Your Guide To “The Worlds Most Important Meeting” PART 1: #GlobalGoalsWeek Follow the Event on Our BlOG! #SDGs #GlobalGoalsJam



The General Assembly of the United Nations opens its seventy-second session on Tuesday, 12 September, at 3 p.m., at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The Assembly’s annual general debate, when Heads of State and Government and other senior national representatives gather to present their views about pressing world issues, will open on Tuesday, 19 September, and run through Monday, 25 September.

The general debate will be followed by a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly on the appraisal of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, taking place on Wednesday and Thursday, 27-28 September 2017, when high-level representatives are expected to assess achievements and challenges in the implementation of the Plan of Action.

For updates and further information, please visit the General Assembly website.



This conversation will focus on innovative approaches that are showing promise in girls’ education and key evidence gaps.
Experts will engage in a lively discussion about cutting-edge strategies that may boost educational outcomes for girls, leveraging research and evaluation to inform policies and programs, and filling the data gaps in girls’ education.
This interactive UNGA side event will be hosted by the Population Council’s new Girl Innovation, Research, and Learning (GIRL) Centre, a new global research and thought leadership hub that generates, synthesizes, and translates evidence on adolescent girls.


Global Health Security Agenda: Public & Private Partnerships

This event will feature speakers from EcoHealth, GHSA, and Admiral Tim Ziemer. A buffet lunch will be served.



Dr. Peter Daszak
President, EcoHealth Alliance

Representatives of GHSA Consortium:

Jim Welsh
Elizabeth R. Griffin Foundation
Ashley Arabasadi
Management Sciences for Health

Guest Speakers:

GHSA Steering Committee Chair,
Representative from the Republic of Korea

GHSA Steering Committee (Incoming Chair),
Representative from Italy

U.S. Commitment – Admiral Tim Ziemer,
Senior Director for Global Health Security and Biodefense, U.S. National Security Council

GHSA Private Sector Round Table Representative,
Ms. Allison Neale, Henry Schein, Inc.

GHSA Consortium Representative,
Dr. Beth Cameron, Nuclear Threats Initiative

Questions and discussion.

Buffet Lunch
12:00 pm


Media for Social Impact Summit

The Media For Social Impact Summit is an exclusive by invitation only event that unites representatives of leading media companies, advertising firms and creative agencies with highlevel United Nations representatives and communication experts to highlight the power of media to drive social change and strategize campaigns around pressing global issues.
Organized by the United Nations Office for Partnerships & PVBLIC Foundation, the summit showcases innovative social campaigns and movements through keynotes, interviews, case studies and roundtables and provides a unique opportunity for delegates to network and learn from the brightest minds in media and build lasting partnerships that further social progress.


Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Industry Forum 2017: Partnerships to make innovation and technology work for women and girls

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—adopted by all UN Member States in 2015—provide a roadmap to change the course of the 21st century for a new, fairer, more sustainable world, including a central drive to achieve full equality of men and women by 2030.
Current trajectories towards gender equality will not create the world we want. The achievement of this ambitious agenda will require transformative shifts, integrated approaches, and new solutions. Partnerships are key to accelerate the process and to remove the barriers to the advancement of women and girls. UN Women, the UN entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and SAP, the world’s largest provider of enterprise application software, are partnering to host the first UN Women Global Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Industry Forum at the SAP Leonardo Center New York supported by SAP Next-Gen.
The forum is a one-day global conference which will bring together CEO’s, social entrepreneurs, innovators and thought leaders, including Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka; Alicia Tillman Chief Marketing Officer, SAP; Nate Hurst, HP Chief Sustainability and Social Impact Officer; Meredith Walker, Founder Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls; Christyl Johnson, NASA Deputy Director for Technology and Research Investments; Rachel Roy, Founder of the fashion brand Rachel Roy; and Sarah Michelle Gellar, Chief Brand Officer & Co-founder Foodstirs, among others to share how innovation, technology and entrepreneurship can be used to advance gender equality and women’s economic empowerment around the world. This leading industry forum will address the key barriers to women and girl’s advancement, and will showcase leading strategies and innovative solutions for overcoming these challenges.


Imagine 2060: New York — The Future of the Working Waterfront

New York’s waterfront has long been a symbol of the American Dream and remains today a key contributor to the nation’s ports industry and economy. How will New York symbolize the American Dream in the future, and what role will its waterfront play in this vision? Imagine 2060: New York is bringing together city-makers and city-shapers from the U.S. and Asia to look towards and beyond the challenges of aging infrastructure, changes to global shipping patterns, and New York’s evolving economy.
Join us for this exciting half-day conference that bringing together experts from the U.S. and Asia to explore the future of smart cities.



From Dialogue to Action: Tolerance, Peace and a Sustainable Future

Building on the Misk-UNDP Youth Forum held on the 15th, Misk and the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the UN are joining forces to develop an action plan for tolerance, peace and a sustainable future. This roundtable session will bring together 18 youth leaders from around the world with government officials and UN leaders to develop a clear pathway for young people to play a more central role in building more tolerant and peaceful societies and delivering the SDGs.


Global Goals Jam 2017

The #GlobalGoalsJam 2017 is a two day event consisting of short design sprints. Creative teams of designers, developers and Jammers from the local community work together using a tailored toolkit. Together, over 1200 jammers in 40 cities will create interventions aimed at short term targets in support of the long term goals.


2017 Hult Prize Final

The overall theme of this year’s Hult Prize program is “Reawakening Human Potential: The Refugee Opportunity and The Hult Prize Challenge”. The program will commence with opening remarks on the current state of the involuntary migrant crisis and will immediately be followed by the presentation of six individual university team generated start-up enterprise solutions to the 2017 Hult Prize Challenge. Each of the six presentations is six minutes in length, followed by four minutes of open-air questions and answers. This year’s Hult Prize finalists have been selected from a pool of over 50,000 participants, representing more than 100 countries. The winner will receive US$1,000,000 in start-up capital to realize and scale their enterprise.


Social Good Summit

The intersection of technology and new media has redefined our understanding of human progress. In the midst of this rapidly changing world, the Social Good Summit focuses on where we’re headed. Held annually during the United Nations General Assembly week, the Summit unites a lively community of global citizens and progressive thought leaders around a common theme: #2030NOW. A dynamic exploration of the world we want to live in by 2030, the Social Good Summit will focus on how we can unlock technology’s potential to make the world a better place.


Alternative Rites of Passage: My Body. My Life.

Documentary Screening and Q&A with Amref Health Africa Global CEO Dr. Gitahi. The short documentary is about Female genital mutilation. RSVP: hello@thecarryon.com


Private Sector Accountability for Women, Children and Adolescents

This dinner will feature an informal discussion with partners from the private sector, NGOs, countries and other stakeholders to explore the types of accountability mechanisms in place for the private sector. Stakeholders will share their experiences on holding the private sector to account and how to better document and track the contributions the private sector makes to improving women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health.


Solve Challenges Finals

The Solve Challenge Finals in New York City will bring together selected innovators to pitch their solutions to a panel of expert judges and a live audience on Solve’s 2017 Global Challenges: (1) Brain Health, (2) Sustainable Urban Communities, (3) Women and Technology, and (4) Youth, Skills, & the Workforce of the Future. Those chosen by our judges will become Solvers, who join the Solve community to build partnerships with cross-sector leaders that help pilot, scale, and implement their solutions.


Equator Prize 2017 Award Ceremony

The Equator Prize, organized by the Equator Initiative partnership, hosted by the United Nations Development Programme, is awarded biennially to recognize outstanding community efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of nature.

The 15 Equator Prize 2017 winners are protecting, restoring and sustainably managing marine, forest, grassland, dryland and wetland ecosystems. In the process, they have created several thousand jobs and livelihoods, improved food and water security for hundreds of communities, protected endangered wildlife, and decreased risks from natural disasters. The communities reinvest revenues generated by their initiatives into water supply, education, women’s economic training and other development goals.

Join us to celebrate the next generation of outstanding local community initiatives for sustainable development, on the eve of the United Nations General Assembly, in the iconic Town Hall Theater in Midtown Manhattan, close to Bryant Park and Times Square.

Please note: While a ticket confirms you are registered to attend, attendance is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Doors will be open at 6:15pm.


Breaking the Silence: Beyond the Dream

On Sunday, September 17th, Global Citizen and The Riverside Church will join together for an afternoon of dynamic performances and key speakers commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s Beyond Vietnam speech.

Breaking the Silence: Beyond the Dream will be an intergenerational, interfaith program that calls on people from all walks of life to RISE UP and speak out on the injustices facing the world. Just as Dr. King did at The Riverside Church 50 years ago, on Sunday, September 17th Breaking the Silence will deliver a universal call to action to “love thy neighbour.”

Participants include: The Reverend Al Sharpton, Forest Whitaker, The Howard University Gospel Choir, Sir the Baptist, The String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts and more.







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