UN opens applications for the SDG Action Zone at the UN General Assembly in September

Every September, the world looks to New York as global leaders, issue experts and a diverse range of stakeholders converge on the UN during the High-level week of the General Assembly. Seizing the momentum for engagement to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, the SDG Action Zone is gearing up to ensure the innovative and diverse work on the SDGs is heard from individuals and organizations around the world.

The SDG Action Zone is a space built inside the United Nations grounds during General Assembly to promote and accelerate transformative SDG action in innovative ways. Varied events and exhibits, programmed throughout the High-level week from 23 to 27 September, will focus on the five themes of the UN General Assembly: Sustainable Development Goals, climate action, universal health coverage, development financing, and small island states.

Until the 9th of August, partners and individuals from all sectors are invited to submit proposals to showcase new ideas, achievements and initiatives that connect and add value to the High-level events happening during UN General Assembly week, through the following ways of engagement: 

  • Host an Event – Expert Panel Discussions, Case Study Snapshots, Evening Receptions and other interactive sessions on the themes of UNGA. 
  • Deliver a Lightning-talk – Humane, disruptive and inspiring stories of SDG action.
  • Enter the SDG Action Zone’s Speaker Roster – Individuals are invited to register their interest to be invited to speak, and add their perspective and expertise. 
  • Host an Exhibit – Innovations, games and immersive experiences that increase knowledge, empathy, and action for positive change in the exhibition zone. 

Successful applications will be selected on the basis of the dynamism and innovation of the content and the ability to add value to the UN General Assembly debates, with a strong focus on diversity, youth engagement, and Global South perspectives. Applications must be submitted by 9 August to be considered. 


For further information on the application process and criteria: www.sdgaction.zone

Applications for SDG Action Zone: application form 

Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #SDGActionZone

For media inquiries, please contact: info@sdgaction.zone 

Also published on Medium.