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.
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.
Solutions Summit is led by the United Nations, UN Foundation, shift7, and the Global Innovation Exchange.
Our 2018 acceleration partners include:
Accelerate2030, Acumen, Equal Innovation, UN Equator Prize, Humanitarian Tracker, MIT Solve, Salesforce, SDG Philanthropy Platform, Skoll Foundation, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), Startup Bootcamp, University of Denver, Unreasonable Group, Walker Impact, World Bank Connect4Climate
Thank you to the UN Solutions Summit 2018 sponsors for supporting travel for the solution-makers, and event production:
AIA, Barclays, Ericsson, Google, Schmidt Ventures, Consensys
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.
Darewin / Great Whale Conservancy
Red Dot Foundation (Safecity)
The first Solutions Summit in 2015 immediately followed the conclusion of the UN Sustainable Development Summit, and featured projects advancing the SDGs:
Watch the event video.