The Social Good Summit 2013 – More Locations, More Innovations

Sep 20, 2013

On Sunday, September 22, the 2013 Social Good Summit kicks off at the 92nd Street Y in New York and continues for 3 days in more than 55 UNDP Country Offices across the globe.  

In New York, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark will open the summit with a panel that will set the tone for the whole event – The Next 15 Years: How will technology, data and digital media shape our world?

Taking place as the UN General Assembly convenes for its annual meeting, this year’s Social Good Summit theme, #2030NOW, will challenge participants to share solutions, ideas and innovations with a central look at what needs to be done now to pave the way for a better world in 2030.

#2030NOW builds on the UN-led post-2015 development agenda, and will give citizens across the world a direct say on how we should tackle the world's biggest challenges. #2030NOW asks: How can we harness the power of innovation and digital tools to pave the way for a better world in 2030?

More Meetups

Last year UNDP hosted more than 40 Social Good Summit meetups in countries across the globe. This year more than 60 countries are participating, bringing more communities into the conversation. In many places, UNDP’s meetups are bridging the digital divide, giving a voice to people whoever and wherever they are.  

Countries as diverse and far-flung as Afghanistan, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Rwanda and Zimbabwe are all participating in what promises to be one of the largest conversations of its kind.

Some highlights from UNDP Social Good Summit meetups:

•  Beirut, Lebanon (24 September 2013 at 6 p.m. local time)
The discussion will consider the role of  social media and its effect on the peacebuilding process in Lebanon.

•  Hargeisa, Somaliland (23 September 2013 6 p.m. local time)
The meetup will revolve around #2030NOW, and will focus on the urgency and importance of long term solutions for a sustainable future.

•  Rabat, Morocco (23 September 2013 at 6 p.m. local time)
Innovative technologists, influential minds and passionate activists will come together with a common goal: unlocking the potential of new media and technology to build a better world and turn this potential into action.

•  San Salvador, El Salvador (23 September 2013 at 6:30 p.m. local time)
Media and Technology experts will discuss how people use social media to promote human development and democracy.

•  Podgorica, Montenegro (24 September 2013 at 6 p.m. local time)
Panel discussion - "Citizens’ participation – using new technology, social media and innovation to engage citizens in addressing development challenges.”

•  Malé, Maldives (22 September 2013 at 1 p.m. local time)
A panel discussion on equality through access to information that will be broadcast on national television.

More Innovations
Every year, leaders in their fields, from the UN, the private sector and governments attend the Social Good Summit. This year some of these leaders will not attend as keynote speakers, but rather as “keynote listeners”.

These prominent women and men, representing expertise in a wide range of sectors, have been influencing the way we think about big global issues for decades. They are people who want to learn from a global "brain trust" of practical knowledge and innovative ideas for how to approach the world’s most pressing problems.  

During the Summit, “Keynote Listeners” will participate as audience members, absorbing what is being said onstage and on social media, and interacting with event attendees.  Each day, during a special segment of the program, they will report back to the Summit what they have learned and what has inspired them. These reflections will represent the ideas of people from all around the world and will help shape the overall dialogue of UN Week.  They will make sure that the most important points, harnessed from the millions of participants we expect from around the world will be collected and transformed into action to make an impact. The inaugural group of “Keynote Listeners” are:

•  Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank
•  HRH Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway
•  Amina Mohamed, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning
•  Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
•  Richard Branson, Founder of the Virgin Group
•  Michael Elliott, President and CEO of ONE
•  Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation

The three-day Summit will have a packed programme of events. Top UN officials, including Helen Clark, Rebeca Grynspan and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will participate, alongside a diverse range of speakers including Al Gore, and Malala Yousafzai. The Social Good Summit 2013 promises to be a crucial forum for debate and ideas around how we can all work together to build a better world.

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