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September 15, 2017

Social Good Summit: an event that pushes for progress during United Nations General Assembly week

By Luke Christou

The United Nations set some lofty goals back in 2015. They hope to eradicate poverty, disease and inequality by 2030, as outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation raised concerns about the world’s progress in its Goalkeepers report earlier this week. The charity fears that many world leaders have lost their way in the pursuit of reaching these goals.

However, if focus has indeed been lost, the 2017 Social Good Summit will be hopeful of getting those involved back on track.

What is the Social Good Summit?

The Social Good Summit is an annual event. It is held each year during the United Nations General Assembly week.

As representatives of the UN’s members meet to discuss world peace, living standards and sustainability, global leaders, activists and influencers will descend upon New York to discuss just how close we are to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

The summit particularly looks at how technology and new media is driving us towards achieving these goals.

Started as a joint project between the United Nations Foundation and media company Mashable back in 2009, the Social Good Summit has been running successfully for eight years, attracting some of the biggest names in the politics, charity and media worlds.

This year’s event will be no different. A number of big names will take to the stage during the summit.

Who will be speaking at the Social Good Summit 2017?

With 38 talks planned, there will be a total of 72 speakers sharing their thoughts throughout the day.

Key speakers include H.M. Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, the queen of Jordan, former British politician David Miliband, and famed actress Whoopi Goldberg.

British screenwriter Richard Curtis, Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and rock singer Bob Weir will also be speaking.

So too will UN Foundation President Kathy Calvin and Mashable’s chief executive Pete Cashmore.

A full list of the speakers can be found here.

When and where is the Social Good Summit held?

The Social Good Summit will take place in New York City on Sunday 17 September.

This year’s venue is the same as last year. 92Y, a cultural and community centre on 92nd Street, will be hosting the event.

Doors will open at 10am Eastern, with the opening session starting at 10:30am sharp.

Can anybody attend the Social Good Summit?

The Social Good Summit is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased online, but they will set you back by $100.

This will grant you access to the main auditorium for the day, allowing you to listen to all of the speakers involved.

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