2019 Global Solutions Forum

The 2019 inaugural Global Solutions Forum (GSF) convened 10 inspiring SDG actors from the SDSN network for rapid-fire presentations where they shared progress, highlighted victories, and inspired all of us to keep moving forward. It was a groundbreaking event where leaders in science, technology, and public policy convene to exchange insights, celebrate advancements, and encourage ongoing commitment to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Over the course of 90 minutes, presenters shared 7-minute rapid-fire talks highlighting concrete efforts to achieve sustainable development. More like TED talks than doctoral dissertations, each presentation packed challenges and discoveries into 420 seconds of stories, images, and insights.

The event was held in New York City on September 25th, 2019, in parallel to the International Conference for Sustainable Development and the 74th session of the UN General Assembly. The first Global Solutions Forum was an exciting opportunity to highlight these successes, so that governments, foundations, and the private sector might adapt them for use in their own communities.

Progress surrounding the SDGs can often be slow and incremental. But this event demonstrated that all over the planet, brilliant people had implemented local initiatives and scalable solutions that held more than just the promise of measurable impact.

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Solutions from the 2019 Global Solutions Forum