We would like to thank every single person and organization that made the success of the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development possible!

A huge thanks to all our partners, speakers, exhibitors and supporters for their time, effort and support – together we have this important moment firmly embedded in the calendar of all SDG stakeholders year on year.

The Festival was supported by

  • German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • German Federal Foreign Office
  • BMW Foundation

Host: UN SDG Action Campaign

Organizing partner: Engagement Global

Host City partner: City of Bonn

The festival was made possible by the UNDP Global Platform

Action Partners

  • JCI
  • EEAC
  • Econsense
  • United Nations Climate Change
  • Simpleshow foundation
  • Alumniportal
  • Canon
  • MY World 360
  • Transparency International
  • La Caixa Foundation
  • Oxfam
  • Global Call to Action Against Poverty
  • FIA Foundation
  • The Stockholm Act
  • Climate Neutral Now
  • African Youth SDGs Summit
  • Sustained Impact
  • Our Cause
  • Generation Why
  • The Sustainable Development’s Youth Association
  • Craddes
  • National Council of Swedish Youth Organisations
  • Child Health Initiative
  • GreenGo Web
  • Events Industry Council
  • GIZ
  • Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation
  • United Smart Cities
  • Action for Sustainable Development
  • The World We Want
  • FriEnt
  • Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding
  • COP23 Fiji Secretariat
  • MY World Mexico
  • Stiftung Mercator
  • Polis 180
  • Foraus
  • Mweva
  • German NGO Forum on Environment and Development
  • WECF Deutschland
  • AWO International
  • BEATGlobal
  • The Millennials Movement
  • Global Diplomacy Lab
  • German Council for Sustainable Development
  • Climate Alliance
  • Linkando
  • BBE
  • UNDP
  • World’s Largest Lesson
  • Believe Earth
  • European Union Agency for Fundamental Human Rights
  • DIE
  • Generation Initiative for Women and Youth Network (GIWYN)
  • ODI
  • United Nations Department of Public Information
  • OECD
  • Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung
  • SDSN
  • The Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on SDGs
  • Government of Catalonia
  • DW Akademie
  • UN Bonn
  • University of Leeds
  • UNV
  • World’s Best News
  • EDU Sim
  • Let’s Do It! World
  • German Development Institute
  • Bonn Fiji Youth Network
  • Global Benchmarking Alliance
  • Climate Planet
  • Energypedia
  • Peace Boat
  • Sustainable Development Youth Morocco
  • YouThink Center China

Film Festival Contributors

  • Peaceboat
  • BMW Foundation
  • Lensational
  • UN Kosovo
  • Sophie A Kanza Foundation
  • UNIC Bogota
  • Yoshimoto Co
  • UNDP Japan
  • Ocean Film Tour

Media Partners

  • Planeta Futuro
  • Deutsche Welle
  • Spark News
  • Weischer Media
  • Global Goalscast
  • Global Media Forum

Plenary Speakers

  • Mitchell Toomey, Director, UN SDG Action Campaign
  • Dr. Ingolf Dietrich, Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • H.E. Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Government of Nigeria
  • Ashok Sridharan, Lord Mayor, City of Bonn
  • Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary UNFCCC
  • Yusuf Omar, Founder, Hashtag Our Stories
  • Y?, BEAT Instructor, BEATGlobal
  • Kaila Mullady, Instructor, BEATGlobal
  • María Fernanda Olvera Cabrera, General Director, Youth Institute, INJUVE
  • Hatim Aznague, Youth SDG Action, Morocco
  • Aya Chebbi, Founder and Chair, Afrika Youth Movement
  • Albert Askeljung, Project Officer, UNDP Nordic Office – Sweden
  • Parisa Zagat, Head of Policy Programmes, Oculus
  • Mohammed Badran, Founder and Director, Syrian Volunteers in the Netherlands
  • Lukas Berredo, Transrespect Officer, Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide (TvT)
  • Novia Sagita, Country Director, Yayasan Planet Indonesia
  • Shyama V. Ramani, Professorial Fellow, UNU-MERIT
  • Alejandra Agudo Lazareno, Planeta Futuro-El Pais
  • Kristin Gutekunst, Executive Producer, New Media, UN SDG Action Campaign
  • Juan Pablo Larenas, Co-Founder, System
  • Ambassador Ingrid Jung, German Federal Foreign Office
  • Alison Bellwood, Director, World’s Largest Lesson
  • Dina Buchbinder, Founder, Education 4 Sharing
  • Dave Smith, Unreasonable Goals
  • Foluke Michael, Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption
  • Richard Dzikunu, Youth Power Advocates Ghana
  • Lucile Stengel, Daughters of Bangladesh
  • Benjamin Charagu, Global Goals for Local Impact
  • Ashan Perera,  Road to Rights
  • Oli Henman, Global Coordinator, Action for Sustainable Development

UN SDG Action Awards Finalists

  • Nigeria in maps
  • Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption
  • The People’s Summit/Night Trek for the SDGs
  • NDC-SDG Connections
  • #SDGChallenge
  • The Stockholm Act
  • Unreasonable Goals
  • Casa de la Mujer Indígena “Mak Ujhani”
  • Youth 4 Global Goals
  • Social Cops
  • Together 2017
  • Circular Economy Club
  • Our Life 21
  • The Chef’s Manifesto
  • Daughters of Bangladesh
  • Translation of SDGs into local languages
  • Youth Power Accountability Advocates Ghana
  • Our Home Fiji
  • SDG Youth Action Morocco
  • #Companies4SDGs
  • Global Goals for Local Impact
  • Afrika Youth Movement
  • Shamba Chef
  • Zamisli 2030/Imagine 2030
  • Road to Rights
  • SDG Voices
  • Africa Youth SDG Summit
  • BEAT Global
  • 1 Million Impact Campaign
  • La Caixa Foundation: MY WORLD: Challenges for a better world
  • SDGs and digital realities
  • Global Business Coalition for Education
  • Accountability Advocates Zambia
  • AwazCDS/Pakistan Development Alliance
  • Sindh Community Foundation
  • SDG Youth Training Canada
  • Project Vayati
  • “Home” the movie
  • Goals On Wheels

UN SDG Action Awards Judging Panel and Presenters of Awards

  • Andre Damien, Director, The Collective Foundation
  • John Patrick Ngoyi, Life Fellow, Nigerian Conservation Foundation
  • Eva Murray, Head of Business Intelligence, Exasol
  • Tammy Lynne Gilmore, Senior Programmer for the social impact conferencing track, SXSW
  • Felix Zimmerman, OECD DevComm Coordinator
  • Francyne Harrigan, Chief, Development Section, Strategic Communications Division, Department of Public Information, United Nations
  • Bukhosi Moyo Sgabade, Project Director, Building Bridges Foundation
  • Markus Hipp, Director, BMW Foundation
  • Ulla Lohman, Photojournalist and Documentary Filmmaker
  • Marcelo Furtado, Co-Founder, Believe Earth
  • Karol Arambula, National Operations Coordinator, MYWorld Mexico
  • Cheryl Wannell, Chief Executive Officer, SAWA, Global Cinema Advertising Association
  • H.E. Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Government of Nigeria
  • Markus Braun, Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany (BMZ)
  • Pradeep Monga, UNCCD Deputy Executive Secretary
  • Olivier Adam, Executive Coordinator, UNV

Schools that participated in the World’s Largest Lesson: Bonn activation

  • Independent Bonn International School
  • Carl-von-Ossietzky-Gymnasium
  • Nicolaus-Cuanus-Gymnasium
  • Gesamtschule Euskirchen
  • LVR-Christophorusschule Förderschule, Förderschwerpunkt Körperliche und Motorische Entwicklung

Honorable mentions

Amina J Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General, United Nations (video message)

Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, Former Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Government of Germany (participant)

Special Contributors

UNFCCC for supporting communications outreach, supporting the Festival comms team on-site and event security

The UN Bonn Common Information Unit and UNRIC for supporting the media outreach

The News and Media Division, UN TV and the Strategic Communications Division from the UN Department of Public Information for coverage, social media outreach, livestream and supporting on the SDG Studio.

Stadtwerke-Bonn and the Cologne-Bonn Airport for event publicity.

The amazing Festival volunteers

The creative & committed Story Scouters for supporting the comms team in capturing the festival stories.

All the participants who made the Festival an enriching experience, we hope to see you next year!

Festival MC

Nadira Hira



Neil Baynes


World Conference Center, Bonn


Broich Catering

The UN SDG Action Campaign Team