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Solutions Summit 2017

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Solutions Summit is an annual catalytic gathering at UN Headquarters in New York during UN General Assembly high-level week in September. This initiative lifts-up and advances the work of exceptional teams who are already developing innovative solutions that address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Solutions Summit 2017 took place 19-21 September in the UN SDG Media Zone - a live broadcast event space at the United Nations focused on the SDGs - and involved in-person accelerator sessions and social media interaction with the selected solution-makers. Solutions Summit 2017 highlighted projects that advance the objectives of one or more of the 17 SDGs. Click 'Read More' to access videos from the event and more information about the process.

During the Solutions Summit, a group of selected global innovators give 'lightning talks' outlining their breakthrough efforts to an audience of senior policymakers who have the means to pave solid regulatory foundations, investors who care deeply about long-term change and impact, industry leaders who are able to deploy quickly and at scale, fellow entrepreneurs who can share wisdom on starting up, and members of the public, including youth, who will bring additional creative insight. The gathering serves as a catalyst to convene resources and talent around solution-makers.

The Solutions Summit is led by the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), UN Foundation, shift7, and the Global Innovation Exchange. UN-NGLS coordinates the open and transparent application and selection process to curate solutions to be featured during the Solutions Summit.

A 25 member stakeholder Selection Committee convened through an open application process reviewed 535 applications and created a short-list of 35. From the short-list, the Solutions Summit co-organizers selected the following 11 entrepreneur teams for 2017:

Afghan Institute for Learning - Mobile Literacy Education for Women & Girls
Sonbola Group for Education & Development - STEM For Refugees Program
Fundación Paraguya - Poverty Stoplight
YCAB Foundation - Premise for Change
SunCulture- solar powered irrigation
Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation (AIDFI)
Global Vision 2020 - USee Vision Kit
MUrgency Inc. - Global Emergency Response Network

Watch videos of all sessions, and individual presentations here.

Watch the highlights video:


Jessica Fleuti - Skoll Foundation
Karl Burkart - Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation
Frank Krikhaar - Dentsu Aegis Network
JB Holston - University of Denver
Stella Thomas - Global Water Fund
Megan Mitchell - Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship at MIT
Andrea Karpati - Climate-KIC
Halla Holmarsdottir - Oslo and Akershus University College
Jonathan Papoulidis - World Vision
Lyel Resner - Center for Social Innovation
Sarah Lawan - SDG Center for Africa
Zanele Mabaso - Girls Globe
Diana Guzman Barraza - Guzman-Barraza Energy Engineering & Consulting
Satyendra Tripathi - India Foundation
Garvey Chui - The Verb Group
Liz Muange - Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI)
Taibat Lawanson    University Of Lagos, Nigeria
Preeti Sinha - YES BANK/ YES Global Institute
Nneoma Albert-Benson - BEFA Women and Child Care Foundation
Madvee Muthu - Impact Consulting
Anatu Ben Lawal - Reach for Change
Hend Alhinnawi - Humanitarian Tracker
Julio Rezende - Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN)
James Calvin - Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School
Christine Mendonca - Humans on the Move, LLC

A call for applications was open in August with the following deadlines:
25 August 2017: Apply to be a part of the Selection Committee
29 August 2017: Submit a solution to be considered for inclusion in Solutions Summit

For more information please visit http://solutions-summit.org

The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is an inter-agency programme of the United Nations mandated to develop constructive relations between the UN and civil society organizations.


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