SDG Action Zone 2020
SDG Action Zone
The SDG Action Zone will take place over during the High Level week of the UN General Assembly, from 22-24 September 2020 to provide space for deeper conversations, debates and showcases on three core areas for accelerating action on the Goals: People, Planet and Partnerships.
The SDG Action Zone is designed to create a more transparent, open, and inclusive UNGA. This spirit will inform the creation of the programme which is being crowd-sourced through this call for suggested sessions from people and stakeholders around the world.
The target audience will include traditional UNGA constituencies - governments, United Nations leadership, NGOs, business, civil society, academia and media - but also people that have never attended UNGA. A variety of session formats will be adapted to appeal to and engage different audiences to truly inspire transformative action, and supercharge ideas to solutions.
The programme will provide an interactive and compelling curation of sessions specifically designed to be experienced virtually. Speakers will be experts in their field, leading figures and effective activists representing a wide range of society including diversity across sectors, geography, gender, race, religion, cultures and more. Formats featured in this application include:
- Breakout sessions
- Reminagine Talks
- Lightning Talks
- Immersive experiences and virtual exhibition booths
- Performances and multi-media production
- Register a speaker (to be considered for other sessions and curated segments)
To ensure the SDG Action Zone is dynamic, engaging, inclusive and conducive to new synergies, its programming will adhere to a set of specific criteria. Any potential panel session submitted for consideration should meet the following basic criteria, including:
- 50% non-male (to ensure gender balance)
- 50% Global South (to ensure geographic balance)
- Significant Youth* involvement (to ensure generational balance)
- For Panels - Represent a minimum of 4 distinct constituent groups - e.g. government; local authorities; civil society; private sector; non-state actors, including indigenous and disability groups; youth groups; creative community; academia; media; and UN)
*Youth: Persons between the ages of 15 – 24, as defined by the UN Secretariat
The same principles will be applied when developing plenary sessions, UN digests and when the programme of lightning and reimagine talks is curated.
To apply to be part of the programme please begin by registering and filling in each section of the application form. Your application can be saved and edited each time you return, until you submit the completed form prior to the closing date. The best entries will offer complete information including links to supporting documents such as run of show proposals and links to speaker videos. Please note that applications which do not fulfill the basic criteria, as listed above, and/or are incomplete will not be considered.
APPLY BY 5 August 2020