60 countries join Social Good Summit

25 Sep 2013

image Two participants in the Meetup in Hargeisa, Somaliland

UNDP takes the Social Good Summit around the world to over 60 countries making it a truly global conversation

As the three-day Social Good Summit came to a close, UNDP’s global network of country offices held an unprecedented number of meetups around the world. From Bangladesh to Ukraine, Japan to Nicaragua, Kazakhstan to Colombia, people met up in more than 60 countries to discuss how new technology, innovation and social media can address the greatest challenges the world will face over the next generation.

This year, meetups focused on the #2030NOW theme - what we can do today to live in the world we want by the year 2030.

Sierra Leone hosted its first ever Social Good Summit meetup in Freetown, where 23 year-old Salton Massally, received this years' 2013 UNDP Innovation Award for his community focused job site, www.careers.sl. The Freetown event focused on empowering the youth of the West African country that is now on a path of recovery after decades of civil war.

“Young people are our current and future leaders and innovators who are the connectors to this new era, the era of technology,” UNDP Country Director Sudipto Mukerjee stated in his opening address. “Every young Sierra Leonean citizen has something to contribute to the transformation and improvement of their country.”

In the midst of the national tragedy at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, the UNDP country office and the Social Good Summit team hosted an inspirational meetup.  While taking time to honor those that lost their lives, participants highlighted the need to improve services for youth especially job skills training so that they are invested in the future growth of their country.

A meetup from Haiti was streamed live to the New York City hub. Participants discussed everything from mobile money and how popular music can educate and drive social good.  

The audience in New York also tuned in to the discussion in Pakistan, hosted by the UNDP country office. A panel of experts took on the topic of climate change and how new media and technology can be used to mitigate its effects by informing communities of disaster risk measures.

In all, the Social Good Summit brought together over 20,000 people and extended the conversation to over 103 million people worldwide through social media.

A slideshow of photos of the Global Meetups is available here, and click here to see more about the Social Good Summit.

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