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

25, 26, 27 September - 12:00-1:00pm each day in the SDG Media Zone

Lifting up entrepreneurs advancing the
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

 

      
 


WHAT IS THE SOLUTIONS SUMMIT?

Solutions Summit is an annual catalytic gathering at United Nations Headquarters in New York during UN General Assembly high-level week at the end of September. This initiative lifts up and advances the work of exceptional teams already developing innovative solutions that address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It shows that people already have extraordinary solutions in progress to our most complex challenges. The gathering serves as a catalyst to convene resources and talent around solution-makers. The first Solutions Summit in 2015 immediately followed the adoption of the SDGs by all UN Member States.

 

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WHAT ARE THE OUTCOMES

During the Solutions Summit, a group of selected global innovators 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 bring additional creative insight. This special event involves in-person accelerator sessions and social media interaction with the selected 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.


WHO IS ORGANIZING THE EFFORT?

Solutions Summit is led by the United Nations, UN Foundation, shift7, and the Global Innovation Exchange.

We thank our 2017 acceleration partners for their time, guidance and commitment to supporting the innovators:
MIT Solve, the Skoll Foundation, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, the SDG Philanthropy Platform, the Equator Initiative, YES Bank, Stanford Angels and Entrepreneurs, the University of Denver, and Grand Challenges Canada.

 

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.

SOLUTIONS SELECTED IN 2016

Solutions Summit 2016 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, and the UN Oceans Conference.

Humanitarian Tracker
REFUNITE
Atmocean
Darewin / Great Whale Conservancy
BenBen
AIME
ayzh
doctHERs
ECOLOO Group
Red Dot Foundation (Safecity)

Megan Smith, 3rd United States Chief Technology Officer, with Annamarie Saarinen

        UN-NGLS     UN Foundation                   shift7.com