Social Good Summit Partners Announce New Speakers Headlined by Vice President Joe Biden

Aug 30, 2016

Vice President Joe Biden joins a star-studded line-up for this year's Social Good Summit

The annual Social Good Summit, a unique convening of world leaders, new media and technology experts, grassroots activists and voices from around the world, today announced a slate of new speakers for the two-day event on September 18 and 19, headlined by a talk from U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

Vice President Biden will deliver remarks on the importance of global collaboration in the fight against cancer, in conjunction with his efforts leading the White House Cancer Moonshot, which was established earlier this year at the President’s State of the Union address.

The Vice President joins the Social Good Summit this year alongside a unique mix of speakers who will share their visions for the future, including Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power.

In addition to the main stage in New York, Social Good Summit events organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are set to take place around the world, including locations in Turkey, Gaza, Colombia and Mongolia and many more. Programmes vary from discussions on how to "create a tomorrow in Gaza amidst rubble", to an interactive event in Beijing, China with thousands of participants, to a Game Design for Social Change Workshop in Alexandria, Egypt. Join us in an SGS near you via this interactive map to see the location nearest you!

A first for this year's global Social Good Summits is the #GlobalGoalsJam, a designathon for the Global Goals where teams of local developers, designers and other creative innovators come together using design thinking methodologies to create interventions with direct impact on the biggest local challenges.

The Summit is an annual event that takes place as world leaders come together at the United Nations General Assembly to discuss global issues and ways in which to tackle them. Recognizing that the voices and ideas of concerned global citizens connected by social media and technology can be powerful forces for change, Mashable, 92nd Street Y, the United Nations Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme partner to host the Social Good Summit to expand the UN conversations to include innovators, activists and entrepreneurs around the world.

This year’s theme – #2030NOW: Connecting Today, Creating Tomorrow – challenges speakers, participants and a growing worldwide community to explore how technology, digital media and collaboration across borders can be leveraged to address the world’s most important and longstanding issues, benefiting people everywhere and helping to build a better future for all.

Last year, the Social Good Summit in New York connected people throughout the world with live streams in seven different languages, and in-person or online meetings organized by people in their own communities in over 100 countries. Connected through video and social media, Summit events used the common hashtag #2030Now to share innovative ideas for the future of our world, generating 1.6 billion impressions.

The goal of the Social Good Summit is to empower people everywhere to have their voices heard, both during and after UN Week. The Summit, which will be supplemented by a week of related activities around the globe including meet-ups hosted locally by members of the social good community, and signature events supported by Social Good Summit partners; will provide a shared platform for a global call to action to create the kind of world we want and identify innovations that can help make this world a reality.

Tickets and press credentials for the Social Good Summit are available now and can be purchased here.  

For more information on the Social Good Summit go to SocialGoodSummit.com.

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