Solutions Summit:
A catalytic gathering at United Nations Headquarters
during UN General Assembly week

Solutions Summit 2017 will highlight projects advancing the
17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Submit your Solution or apply for Selection Committee:



Solutions Summit is an annual catalytic gathering at UN Headquarters in New York during UN General Assembly high-level week in September. This initiative lifts-up and advances the work of exceptional teams who are already developing innovative solutions that address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year's Solutions Summit will take place in the UN SDG Media Zone – a live broadcast event space at the United Nations focused on the SDGs. This special event will highlight projects that advance the objectives of one or more of the 17 SDGs, and will involve in-person accelerator sessions and social media interaction with the selected solution-makers. The first Solutions Summit in 2015 immediately followed the adoption of the SDGs by all UN Member States. It showed that people already have extraordinary solutions in progress to our most complex challenges.


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During the UN General Assembly high-level ween in 2016, the Solutions Summit highlighted projects that advance the objectives of the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, the UN Habitat III Conference, the UN Climate Change Conference, the Open Government Partnership Global Summit, and the UN Oceans Conference. The 10 projects selected for 2016 were:

Humanitarian Tracker
Darewin / Great Whale Conservancy
Red Dot Foundation (Safecity)


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The Solutions Summit is led by the UN Foundation, the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) and the Global Innovation Exchange, in collaboration with Shift7, the Global Entrepreneurs Council, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, with an open invitation for governments and other partners to join. UN-NGLS is coordinating the open and transparent application and selection process to curate solutions to be featured during the Solutions Summit.

Help us surface extraordinary individuals and teams who are developing solutions that address the SDGs.


Susan Graham of Biocarbon Engineering, United Kingdom. Their team is using emerging technologies to plant one billion trees a year using unmanned quad-copters, remote sensing mapping, and high-velocity, aerial planting systems.


During the Solutions Summit, a group of selected global innovators will give a ‘lightning talk’ outlining their breakthrough efforts to an audience of senior policymakers who have the means to pave solid regulatory foundations, investors who care deeply about long-term change and impact, industry leaders who are able to deploy quickly and at scale, fellow entrepreneurs who can share wisdom on starting up, and members of the general public, including youth, who will bring additional creative insight. The gathering will serve as a catalyst to convene resources and talent around solution-makers. 


Nnameka Ikegwuonu of ColdHubs, Nigeria. ColdHubs addresses the cold storage needs of farmers by combining the well-established technologies of photovoltaic energy supply and compressive cold generation with a novel concept of pay-as-you-need storage.


The first Solutions Summit in 2015 immediately followed the conclusion of the UN Sustainable Development Summit at which the SDGs were adopted by all 193 UN Member States.

838 inspiring submissions were received from more than 100 countries in 2015. Read about them all in this article by Megan Smith (3rd US Chief Technology Officer).

Watch the video of the 2015 event here.


In this photo. left to right: Ryan Panchadsaram (Deputy US CTO), Megan Smith (US Chief Technology Officer), Susan Alzner (Head of UN-NGLS New York), Puneet Ahira (Special Advisor to US CTO), Kathy Calvin (Executive Director of UN Foundation), Susan Myers (Senior Vice President of UN Foundation), Ms. Amina Mohammed (Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on the Post-2015 Development Agenda), and Ambassador Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya to the UN.

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