A SDG2 Guide to Global Goals Week 2018

September 23

Social Good Summit

Social Good Summit

UNGA Week brings together a community of global citizens and progressive thought leaders around theme #2030Now. The Summit will explore how we can unlock technology’s potential to make the world a better place. Some of the speakers include Kathy Calvin, Padma Lakshmi, Henry Timms, to name a few. The Summit will take place at 92ndStreet Y, a cultural and community centre. 

Agritecture Xchange

Agritecture Xchange

Convened by Agritecture and AgTech X, a curated week exploring agriculture’s role within the Sustainable City movement, bringing together entrepreneurs, architects, city officials and researches to learn more about how agriculture fits into future cities. 

September 24

Data to End Hunger

Data to end hunger

Sound decisions can only be made from good information. The data gaps in agriculture are widespread, affecting 800 million, or 78% of the world's poorest. We will not achieve SDG2- end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture- or measure its progress without good data. The focus of the event is SDG2- catalysing excitement around ending hunger and undernourishment by bolstering sources of data and statistics. 

September 25 

Global Day of Action 

Global Day of Action

Global Citizen Movement Makers

Global Citizen convenes the best minds in movement building to equip change-makers, marketers and everyday citizens with the tools they need to understand, learn from, and share best practices. Through a series of keynotes, fireside chats and TED style talks, experts from a diversity of fields— ranging across the arts, culture, political, social good, marketing and behavioral science spheres — share their perspectives on how to build movements that can achieve the Global Goals by 2030.

Planetary Health 

The health impacts from climate change are well documented. From the increased frequency and severity of heatwaves to the spread of tropical diseases, climate change is expected to place increased stress on human health over the coming decades. On its own, climate change will strain healthcare systems and budgets, but many experts now see it as just one of a set of interconnected environmental challenges that threaten human health. Planetary Health consists of an exciting discussion and debate on the interconnections between human health and planetary health.

Transforming Food Systems to Drive Impact on SDG2

Kellogg invite

A thought leadership panel hosted by Kellogg Company, FReSH and the SDG2 Advocacy Hub focused on Sustainable Development Goal 2 and food system resilience. Convened alongside the UN General Assembly, this event will create integrated discussions to drive transformational change in our food systems for both people and planet. The event consists of two curated panels to drive provocative, disruptive conversations that identify tangible and actionable solutions to achieve SDG2. 

Reducing Food Loss and Waste: Advancing the Agenda

Every year, one-third of the world's food is never consumed -- costing the global economy $940 billion and contributing to 8 percent of greenhouse gases. Join Champions 12.3 for an event that will assess global progress toward Sustainable Development Goal Target 12.3 on food loss and waste, explore how it can help meet SDG 2 on hunger, and announce the biggest developments of the year in the worldwide effort to halve food loss and waste by 2030.

Former White House Chef Sam Kass will demonstrate a new recipe and give tips on how to avoid food waste at home. Afterward, stay for a light lunch and a tasting of beer made from otherwise-wasted bread.

Tackling the Scandal of Preventable Child Deaths: Financing for Child Survival 2030

Every year, millions of children under-five die from preventable causes such as pneumonia. Urgent action and financing is require to meet the SDGs associated with child survival. Save the Children, UNICEF, GSK, Global Citizen and Global Financing Facility are organising this intimate high-level meeting to discuss how we can end this scandal and sustainably finance child survival. We will hear from global leaders in child health and nutrition, from public and private donors, and from implementing partners and governments. Together, we will agree to a plan of action to ensure our global and domestic health and nutrition financing architecture is equipped to realise the ambition of the SDGs and end preventable child deaths by 2030. 

Food System Approaches to the Prevention of NCDs

A side event hosted by EAT in collaboration with the Governments of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Indonesia and the Nordic Council of Ministers. This side event will convene global leaders and experts involved in Noncommunicable Diseases and food system challenges to address the following: Why are actions for sustainable and healthy food systems important for the prevention of the NCDs and how can these actions be implemented? RSVP here

The SDG2 Advocacy Hub Presents a “Kitchen Connection” Cooking Challenge 

KK save the date

Pairing three African chefs with nutrition students from NYU, the Kitchen Connection Cooking Challenge will ask the teams to curate time-sensitive, nutritionally appropriate, inexpensive dishes with a limited number of ingredients. This event aims to raise awareness of diverse cuisines around the world. Please RSVP for this event here.  

Breaking the Cycle Between Conflict and Hunger

RBA's Breaking cycle event

On 24 May 2018, the Security Council unanimously endorsed resolution 2417, paving the way for the international community to address conflict-induced hunger. Join global leaders committed to a world with Zero Hunger, as we discuss how this sign of political will can contribute to preventing and eradicating conflict-induced hunger. Please RSVP before September 20 here

September 26 



Photo: Gates Foundation

Speakers from around the world will join this two-day event, sharing their stories, ideas, and challenges. We'll be streaming the event live on September 26. The Goalkeepers 2018 report will be released prior to the event on September 18, taking a detailed look at progress being made around the globe. This year, both the event and the report will highlight how the tremendous growth in youth populations will be a turning point for future progress in health, equality and development. 2018 Goalkeepers include: Aranya Johar, Ed Sheehan, Melinda and Bill Gates, King Kaka, Graca Machel, Trisha Shetty, to name a few.

September 28

International Forum on Food and Nutrition


UNSDSN and Barilla’s International Forum on Food and Nutrition will bring together actors from gov’t, civil society, research and the private sector for interdisciplinary discussion on issues of nutrition and sustainability. At the Forum, speakers and participants will discuss evidence, scientific data and best practice to create a model of sustainable food to reach the UN SDGs. 

The Forum will take place at Convene. Speakers include Gerda Verburg, Jeffrey Sachs, Mark Watts, to name a few.

September 29 

Global Citizen Festival

GC Festival NYC

Taking place in New York City’s Central Park, gathering headliners the Weeknd, Janet Jackson, John Legend, to name a few. 

The musical artists will stand together with activists, music fans, and millions of Global Citizens across the globe to call on world leaders to fulfill their obligation to achieve the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development and end extreme poverty by 2030.

This festival is part of GC’s Be the Generation Campaign- a series of global events honouring the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela in his centenary year. Mandela 100is the crowning event, taking place on Dec 2 in Johannesburg, South Africa, that will gather world leaders to make commitments to deliver Nelson Mandela’s dream of ending extreme poverty. 

GC’s New York Festival calls on world leaders to make commitments on the following issues: 

  • Ensure people don’t suffer needlessly from preventable diseases.
  • Give every child access to a quality education.
  • Get US states to banish child marriage with new laws.
  • Make sure all people have access to enough nutritious food and clean drinking water.
  • Reduce the amount of single-use plastics that are used.
  • Eliminate bail bond programs that unfairly target the poor.