On September 23, 2018, the 9th annual Social Good Summit will take place in New York City. For years the U.N. has held this summit to help spread awareness of how technology and new media has caused us to rethink human progress. The world changes at a rapid pace and the Social Good Summit focuses on how we can use these improvements to benefit society in the future.
Always held during the United Nations General assembly week, the Social Good Summit brings together an enthusiastic community of citizens from around the world as well as progressive leaders to focus on one or more themes. The most recent active theme is called #2030NOW.
#2030NOW has been a theme of Social Good Summit for years. In 2015, the Social Good Summit launched what they call “Global Goals” that represent the objectives set forth to help create a better future. The intention of #2030NOW is to use the tools and technology the world possesses to create a more sustainable world and to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030.
Participants of the Social Good Summit
The Social Good Summit 2018 has a distinguished list of speakers that all want to see #2030NOW goals become a reality. Along with presidents, CEOs and founders of activist organizations, several celebrities will attend the summit in 2018, such as:
- Uzo Aduba: Emmy winning actress, advocate and ambassador to Africa for Heifer International
- Sonita Alizadeh: rapper and advocate
- Amber Heard: actress, human rights defender, and U.N. Human Rights activist
- Padma Lakshmi: author, host and producer of “Top Chef” and an advocate for the U.N. Development Programme
Social Good Summit Themes
Over the years, the Social Good Summit has seen many different, yet equally important themes, such as the ones presented below:
- Equality for women and girls: The summit often features panels on gender equality and female empowerment. Several solutions have been offered at previous summits including getting men involved, offering more family planning services, putting a stop to child marriages, financial opportunities and increasing access to technology.
- Global community: The social-good conversation has taken place in more than 170 countries and in 45 languages. Through the social good community, people around the world can connect, exchange thoughts and ideas and keep the 2030 conversations going across the globe.
- The human story: Geena Rocero, founder of Gender Proud, stated at the 2014 Social Good Summit, “We are talking about human dignity. And that should be done without borders.” A theme that has been repeated time and time again at the summit the importance of remembering the individuals behind the statistics and stories who need help for the future to live better and more sustainable lives.
- A better world is within our reach: If the world comes together and acts, a better future is within our grasp. Whether it be ending extreme global poverty or gender equality, political action can help individuals who cannot help themselves.
Once the Social Good Summit ends, there are plenty of ways for interested parties and people to stay involved and connected. One such way is to participate is Plus Social Good, a website created to extend the community of activist and advocates that sincerely want to help create a better world by 2030.
In addition, Social Good has hosted more than 400 events in 140 countries and works to bring together international communities to collaborate on ideas that could create benefits for the future.
– Olivia Hodges