Highlights from Global Goals Week

With so many meetings planned around the 71st UN General Assembly and the one year anniversary of the Global Goals, it would’ve been easy to miss something.

StartingUpGood Magazine
3 min readSep 28, 2016


Here’s a quick recap of the events we think are worth a second look.

Social Good Summit


At this year’s two-day Social Good Summit, global leaders and grassroots activists put the spotlight on what we must collectively do NOW through 2030 for a better, more sustainable and equitable world. Many of the sessions are available to watch online.

UN Private Sector Forum

#UNPSF, @globalcompact

The Global Compact hosted the UN Private Sector Forum with more than 350 chief executives, Heads of State and Government, UN and civil society leaders on Monday, September 19th. With the theme of Business and the 2030 Agenda: Securing the Way Forward, the forum focused on the large movements of refugees and migrants. Companies — including H&M, Ikea, Kohler, KPMG and UPS- made a number of commitments to support the progress of the Global Goals.

The Global Compact also launched four new platforms to encourage companies to pursue new solutions, financing, reporting and innovation towards the achievement of the Global Goals.

International Conference on Sustainable Development

#ICSD2016, @ICSD_Conf

This annual event, launched by the Global Association of Master’s in Development Practice Programs and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network in 2013, was held September 21st — 22nd. It focused on putting the SDGs into practice with practical, evidence-based solutions from government, academia, the United Nations, international agencies, NGOs, and grassroots organizers.

You probably don’t have seven hours to watch the video of entire the first day. But if you can spare just one hour, the session called The Role of the Private Sector in Achieving the SDGs (a little over two hours in) is worth a look.

Clinton Global Initiative

#CGI2016, @ClintonGlobal

The 12th and final Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting also took place over three days last week. As always, celebrities from Bono to Bon Jovi made appearances. But substance also prevailed, with a focus on the refugee crisis and empowering women.

The tradition of “turning ideas into action” also continued with public commitments from Airbnb, P&G, and Unilever — to name just a few. In its twelve years, CGI has instigated more than 3,600 commitments to action, improving the lives of over 435 million people worldwide.

Convergence: Philanthropy and the SDGs

#PhilSDGs, @PhilSDGs

The Ford Foundation- together with the SDG Philanthropy Platform, the UNDP, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and the Foundation Center — hosted this one day UNGA side event just blocks from the UN building in NYC on September 21st. It focused on the importance of foundation and the private sector philanthropy in achieving the Global Goals.

The SDG Philanthropy Platform also offers a “wizard” that helps you determine which Global Goals and targets most related to your organization’s work.



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