On 27 September 2015, the Solutions Summit took place at UN Headquarters in New York to turn attention toward breakthrough solutions for achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals. The event was timed to follow the conclusion of the UN Sustainable Development Summit. The purpose of the long-term Solutions Summit effort is to lift-up exceptional innovators who are already delivering solutions that address one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and to convene resources around them.
THE SOLUTIONS SUMMIT PROGRAM
• Solutions Workshop from 6:00-8:00pm – The Solutions Summit began with ‘lightning talks’ profiling 14 innovative projects selected through an open, global application process. The project leaders then discussed how to scale these projects for greater impact with senior policymakers, investors, industry leaders, and leaders from the UN, philanthropy and civil society.
• Celebratory Reception from 8:00pm onward – After discussing these breakthrough solutions, participants gathered to celebrate the adoption of the Global Goals and commit to action for their implementation.
WHICH PROJECTS WERE CHOSEN FOR THE SOLUTIONS SUMMIT?
The open process to identify the solutions to be presented was conducted by the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service, and involved an expert, diverse, and gender balanced Selection Committee of extraordinary innovators, which was also established through a call for applications. All projects selected are already in implementation and delivering progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. Special consideration was given to projects that benefit vulnerable or marginalized groups. Though there will only be time to profile a limited number of solutions at this inaugural event, the submissions received will remain in consideration as the longer-term initiative proceeds.
838 inspiring submissions were received from more than 100 countries: bit.ly/solutions-summit-responses
The Global Goal solutions selected for this event are:
African Prisons Project - Uganda
Legislation Lab - Morocco
African Design Centers - Rwanda
Baidu Recycle - China
Floating Fab Lab - Amazon - Peru
Abze Solar S.A. - Burkina Faso
BioCarbon Engineering - United Kingdom
Supercomputing & Food Security - Australia
ColdHubs - Nigeria
SM Sehgal Foundation Recharge Well - India
Banka BioLoo - India
BORN Project – United States of America
APOPO - Belgium
Planet OS - Estonia
All projects have cross-cutting benefits. More information about them will be available soon.
WHO IS ORGANIZING THE SOLUTIONS SUMMIT INITIATIVE?
The Solutions Summit is led by the UN Foundation and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service, in collaboration with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, the Kenyan Ministry of Information Communications and Technology, the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Chilean Ministry of Economy - Division of Innovation, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Government of Fiji, and Project Everyone. The initiative is also supported by Dell, Caterpillar Foundation, Guggenheim Partners, BNY Mellon, Mastercard, Intel, and Rockwood Asset Management. UN-NGLS coordinated the selection process to curate the solutions featured during the inaugural Solutions Summit.
WHAT ARE THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS?
The Sustainable Development Goals, also being referred to as the Global Goals, are a set of 17 goals for global dignity, prosperity, partnership, and justice for all people and the planet. The framework was formally launched over 25-27 September 2015 at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, which was attended by more than 150 Heads of State and Government. UN Member States, civil society, and private sector contributors will use the Sustainable Development Goals to shape and guide development global efforts over the next 15 years.
Extraordinary individuals and teams are already implementing solutions around the world that address the Sustainable Development Goals.
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