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.
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.
WHO IS ORGANIZING THE EFFORT?
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.
SOLUTIONS SELECTED IN 2017
Afghan Institute for Learning - Mobile Literacy Education
Sonbola Group - STEM For Refugees Program
Fundación Paraguya - Poverty Stoplight
YCAB's Premise for Change
SunCulture - solar powered irrigation
Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation (AIDFI)
Global Vision 2020 - USee Vision Kit
MUrgency Inc. - Global Emergency Response Network
Watch videos of the full sessions:
19 September - Education / Empowerment
20 September - Food / Water / Energy
21 September - Health / Well-being / Community
Read about the 11 selected solutions here. See all submissions here.
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.
SOLUTIONS SUMMIT 2015
The first Solutions Summit in 2015 immediately followed the conclusion of the UN Sustainable Development Summit, and featured projects advancing the SDGs:
APOPO Floating Fab Lab
PlanetOS African Design Centers
ColdHubs Newborn Foundation
AbzeSolar African Prisons Project
Baidu Recycle Biocarbon Engineering
Banka BioLoo Freshwater Recharge Wells
Legislation Lab Computational Food Security