VIRTUAL SUMMIT BRINGS GLOBAL LEADERS AND EVERYDAY CITIZENS TOGETHER FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
September 13, 2018, New York, NY — The Global People’s Summit is the first-ever, fully immersive online summit that brings together thousands of global leaders and stakeholders from around the world to discuss solutions to global issues during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Streaming online from 7:30am-2pm ET on Saturday, September 22, 2018, the Global People’s Summit is an official part of the Global Goals Week schedule.
While access to high-level United Nations (UN) discussions are exclusive to world leaders, the Global People’s Summit leverages technology to give everyone a seat at the table and democratize access to information. In its second year, the online summit creates a space for real-time conversations that inspire and lead to innovative partnerships that catalyze action for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an agenda for global development established by the UN in 2015.
“The ambition, scale and scope of the Global Agenda adopted by world leaders in 2015 necessitate that it becomes everyone’s agenda, an agenda for us as individuals, for civil society, private sector, academia, local and national governments, international and faith-based organizations,” said Maher Nasser, Director of the Outreach Division of the Department of Public Information, United Nations. “We are always looking for ways to engage more people around the world in the work of the UN and generating awareness about and support for the SDGs. I welcome the opportunity to listen to input and ideas coming from those who want to be part of the conversation but are unable to be at the UN during UNGA,” he said.
Conceived and curated by Hazami Barmada, the Global People’s Summit is produced by the Humanity Lab Foundation, in partnership with the UN Office for Partnerships and the Office of the President of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly. After working at the UN where she forged creative partnerships to make the organization more accessible to people around the world, Barmada saw an opportunity to create a digital platform that would leverage technology and innovation to bridge the gap between access, opportunity and impact.
“I wanted to shatter silos of access and opportunity, and empower people around the world to be the change,” said Barmada. “Our goal is to to take conversations out of conference rooms and give everyone a seat at the table, regardless of passport, identity, or background. The SDGs are not the UN’s goals, they are the People’s Goals and they can only be achieved if we unlock human capacity and create more pipelines for action. No government, business, organization, or person can achieve change alone,” she said.
The theme for the 2018 Summit is “Reimagine Humanity: Changing the Status Quo,” and all content will tie directly into UNGA discussions and align with the SDGs. The goal of the Summit is to make the UN and international development more accessible to people around the world by leveraging creative campaigns, advocacy, and simplified content. The Summit will feature over 30 high-level speakers and influencers including government officials, senior UN officials, business leaders and global grassroots leaders. Topics covered will include humanitarian response,
innovation, climate change, refugees, technology for good, inclusive financing, fighting hate and stigma, youth empowerment and gender equality.
“The Global People’s Summit is the perfect forum for everyone to have a voice, whoever they are and wherever they are from. It is an opportunity to ensure that their voices carry in the corridors of power. More than ever, we need to hear from women, young people and those with disabilities,” said Her Excellency Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the 73 Session of the General Assembly, who is a partner and speaker at this year’s summit.
To participate in this year’s Summit, global citizens can participate from anywhere in the world for free. People can log onto the online platform to share their thoughts, connect with other attendees, ask speakers questions and more on the platform which stimulates some of the interactions similar to in-person conferences. Global People’s Hubs are also being organized independently in more than 50 cities around the world, where people gather to live-stream the
event and engage in localized conversations.
“The UN was created to bring nations and peoples together to find common ground for a just and prosperous world. Our support for the Global People’s Summit expands on that commitment by bringing together global communities to find solutions, build peace and create a sustainable future” said Robert Skinner, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships. “The Global People’s Summit is committed to making discussions at the United Nations General Assembly more accessible to people all over the world, which then allows individuals and
organizations to more easily make contributions toward achieving the Sustainable Development Agenda.”
Everyone is invited to share their thoughts and join the online summit using the hashtag
#GlobalPeople. All online conversations will be featured on the live Summit stream, during the
live-show and also on an interactive display at the UN that will be set up from September 22-29,
during the UN High-Level meetings.
The inaugural Global People’s Summit in 2017 was organized in partnership with the UN Office for Partnerships, United Nations Foundation, +SocialGood initiative, United Nations SDG Action Campaign, United Nations Development Programme, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and EarthX, and had a digital reach of 84 million impressions in 163 countries.
The Global People’s Summit is a one-of-a-kind global virtual summit that brings together impact-driven individuals from around the world to explore, understand, design and co-create solutions the most pressing challenges. The Global People’s Summit is organized in partnership with the United Nations Office for Partnerships and takes place during the United Nations General Assembly as an official part of UN Global Goals Week. Learn more at www.globalpeoplesummit.org and follow on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
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