Fifth Annual Social Good Summit to Expand its Global Reach Harnessing the Power of Technology to Achieve Equality for Everyone, Everywhere

Jun 24, 2014

#2030NOW: Connecting for Good, Connecting for All

New York, NY, USA, 24 June 2014 — The fifth annual Social Good Summit, a unique convening of world leaders and grassroots activists, will coincide with United Nations Week on September 21 and 22, and be held at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. The theme of this year’s Summit – Connecting for Good, Connecting for All – will challenge speakers and participants to explore how technology and new media can help achieve equality for all by the year 2030.

A unique mix of notable speakers will share their visions for the future, including:

  • Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus
  • Troy Carter, Founder, Chairman and CEO of the Atom Factory
  • Dr. Sue Desmond Hellmann, CEO of the Gates Foundation
  • Yael Maguire, Engineering Director of the Facebook Connectivity Lab
  • Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme
  • Avi Reichental, CEO of 3D Systems
  • Pete Cashmore, Founder and CEO of Mashable

New speakers will be announced every week between now and September. Updates will be posted on, and all are invited to follow the #2030NOW conversation online.

The Largest Gathering of Global Citizens During UN Week

Each September, world leaders come together at the General Assembly of the United Nations to discuss global issues and how to tackle them. The Social Good Summit was created to make these discussions accessible to everyone—acknowledging that the voices and ideas of concerned global citizens, connected by social media and technology, can be a powerful force for change.

Last year, the Summit was translated in seven different languages and people in more than 60 countries joined the Social Good Summit conversation by organizing in-person or online meetings in their own communities and connecting back to the Summit in New York City through video and social media via With the assistance of the UN Development Programme’s country offices, citizens from around the globe, including from countries such as Albania, El Salvador, South Sudan, Lebanon and Zimbabwe joined the Social Good Summit to share their innovative ideas for the future of our world. This year, the Summit plans to expand the conversation to even more countries.

Our goal is to empower people everywhere to have their voices heard, both during and after UN Week—last year, the Summit launched its +SocialGood platform, which unites global citizens every day around the power of technology and new media to change our world. The +SocialGood community has grown to 25,000 people online and will be integrated with the program in New York.

Join us today

Tickets for the Social Good Summit are available now at 

Click to see a video and photos from last year’s Social Good Summit.

About the Social Good Summit Partners

The 2014 Social Good Summit is proudly presented by Mashable, 92nd Street Y, the United Nations Foundation, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


Mashable is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable’s 35 million unique visitors worldwide and 16 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

92nd Street Y

92nd Street Y is a world-class nonprofit community and cultural center that connects people at every stage of life to the worlds of education, the arts, health and wellness, and Jewish life. Through the breadth and depth of 92Y’s extraordinary programs, we enrich lives, create community and elevate humanity. More than 300,000 people a year visit 92Y’s New York City venues, and millions more join us through the Internet, satellite broadcasts and other digital media. A proudly Jewish organization since its founding in 1874, 92Y embraces its heritage and enthusiastically welcomes people of all backgrounds and perspectives. For more information, visit

United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals.

United Nations Development Programme 

UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in 177 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. 

Contact information

Boaz Paldi +1 212 906 6801 cell +1 212 991 8910

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