Plans unveiled for biggest ever Global Goals week to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals

July 26, 2018

More than 30 events are already confirmed to take place alongside the UN General Assembly in September

Plans for Global Goals Week 2018 were announced today for the third annual week of action where the United Nations and partners from around the world come together to drive action, raise awareness and hold leaders to account in order to accelerate progress to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals.

Global Goals Week was launched in 2016 by founding partners Project Everyone, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Foundation to offer an SDG-focused branding umbrella for key convenings both within and alongside the UN General Assembly (UNGA). It has grown each year and continues to recruit more partners in the build up to 2020, a key milestone for the Goals agenda.

Timed to coincide with the UN General Assembly,  Global Goals Week will be held 22to 29September, with events taking place in New York and around the world. All activations will be connected through social media using the hashtag #GlobalGoals. In 2017 the conversation around the SDGs during the UN General Assembly reached 150 million people, with almost 4 billion combined social media and media impressions and more than 2 million actions taken. The week will again run parallel to Climate Week NYC, intensifying the drumbeat of progress towards the Goals.

The announcement comes as leaders concluded the sixth High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York last week which saw 46 countries, more than ever before, report on their progress to the Global Goals. The HLPF highlighted that while positive progress is being made, it is not at sufficient speed to achieve the Goals by 2030. Therefore it is more critical than ever that both the public and world leaders reaffirm their commitment to the Goals agenda. 

Amina J. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General, said, “Global Goals Week calls for collective action, creativity, innovation, and commitment to deliver on the SDGs for everyone, everywhere. The last two weeks at the United Nations have showcased progress made by all countries. However, we must do much more in all constituencies, at all levels everywhere, to deliver for people and planet.”

Richard Curtis, Writer, Campaigner, and Project Everyone Founder, added,

“In 2020 we will be a third of the way through the SDGs. With only two years to go to that crucial milestone - now is the time to inspire people to take action and to press world leaders to achieve what the Goals set out: a rigorous plan to make us the first generation to end extreme poverty, the last generation to be threatened by climate change - and the generation most determined to end injustice and inequality.”

With over 30 events already confirmed, the week is on track to be the biggest Global Goals week yet. In addition to significant convenings by the UN including several UN agencies, the week will feature new events like the first ever WISE education summit and returning Goals-focused gatherings from organizers like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Global Citizen. Organizations like World Economic Forum, Bloomberg and the UN Global Compact will include strong participation from the private sector and will explore the opportunities of public private partnerships in meeting the Global Goals. The week will also break out of New York as The UN SDG Action Campaign, Action for Sustainable Development, and the Global Call to Action Against Poverty drive a Global Day of Action on September 25, which will see thousands of people around the world show their commitment to the Goals.  

Kathy Calvin, President & CEO of the UN Foundation, said, “The Sustainable Development Goals present both a bold vision for a better future and a challenge for collective action to achieve the goals. Global Goals Week is a response to that challenge – creating opportunities for partners from many different areas to work together to drive change.”

The power of collaboration is at the heart of Global Goals Week, with organizations and individuals from across government, the private sector, civil society, media and the UN coming together to cultivate ideas, identify solutions, and generate meaningful partnerships for the Global Goals.

Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator, said, “Global Goals week is an invitation to people across the world to celebrate that which unites us. Whether as individuals, families, communities or countries - everyone is welcome to become part of this global movement dedicated to our common future. Global Goals week connects millions of people and countless initiatives committed to making a difference.”

Global Goals Week events in 2018 include:

WISE@NY World Innovation Summit for Education’s Learning Revolutions, September 22

The Global People’s Summit, September 22
The Social Good Summit, September 23
Global GoalsCast Reception, September 23
World Economic Forum Sustainable Development Impact Summit, September 24-25
SDG Philanthropy Platform Events, September 24-25
Concordia Annual Summit, September 24-25
SDG Media Zone, September 24-28
Climate Week NYC, September 24-30
Climate Week NYC Opening Ceremony, September 24
UN Global Compact Leaders Summit, September 24
Global Citizen: Movement Makers, September 25
Global Day of Action, September 25
We the Future, September 25
Goalkeepers, Global Goals Awards, September 25
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Goalkeepers Event, September 26
Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s (SDSN) International Conference on Sustainable Development, September 26-28
Bloomberg  Global Business Forum and One Planet Summit, September 26
Global Citizen Festival, September 29

For a full schedule,or for more information including how to participate in Global Goals Week, visit The events listings will be updated as new events come online. To participate in the social media conversation, use the hashtag #GlobalGoals.

About the UN and SDGs

The 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted the bold, forward looking and ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015. The Agenda, which includes 17 transformative Sustainable Development Goals, calls on all countries - poor, rich and middle-income - to promote prosperity and social well-being while protecting the planet. The Goals recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and threats to biodiversity. The Goals demand that everyone must benefit and that no one must be left behind. In an effort to create awareness and inspire action on the Goals, the the UN Secretariat, UNDP and other parts of the UN system collaborate with a range of partners, including creative agencies, the entertainment industry, media organizations and businesses who are committed to advancing the agenda. 

About Project Everyone

Project Everyone seeks to put the power of great communications behind The Global Goals for Sustainable Development, accelerating the creation of a fairer world by 2030, where extreme poverty has been eradicated, climate change is properly addressed, and injustice and inequality are unacceptable. Their mission is to ensure that everyone on the planet knows what The Global Goals for Sustainable Development are, so that they stand the greatest chance of being achieved. The assumption at the heart of this project is that if people know about the goals they can hold their governments, businesses, local and international institutions to account.

About the 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 philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual donors. Learn more at: