The heads of state and Government will gather at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on September 24 and 25 to review progress against the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development and 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
For the first time ever, this will include commitments for action from the global event industry.

Co-ordinated and written by not-for-profit, Positive Impact Events, the acceleration action promotes the event industry as a way to ensure Sustainable Development Goal number four (quality education for all) is achieved. It is titled “Engaging the global event industry in the UN SDGS: By 2030 ensuring the over 1.5 billion people who attend events every year acquire knowledge  and skills needed to promote sustainable development”. Funding support has been provided by Maritz Global Events, IMEX, PCMA, CVent and Oregon Convention Center.

Contributions have been gathered via an online survey, which received special dispensation from the UN SDG action campaign, as well as praise for the way it was adapted and promoted within the global events industry, to a reach of more than 1.7 million. The events industry survey marked the first time the UN has supported a campaign of this sort within the event industry and event professionals are being asked to build on this momentum by taking to social media during the summit and sharing the actions they take to create a sustainable event industry using #Act4SDGs. 

Marta Rojas Sevillano, communications lead for the UN SDG Action Campaign, said: “The United Nations SDG Action Campaign is a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General to scale up, broaden, and sustain the global movement to take action for the Sustainable Development Goals.
“For the goals to be achieved, we need everyone to take action, and to connect these actions with decision makers in SDG planning and review processes at all levels. Events bring people together to learn and collaborate, and create an environment where concrete actions can be developed and individuals and organisations can be mobilised and inspired to join the movement making the Sustainable Development Goals a reality.”