2017 global peoples summit

Summit snap shot

Launched in 2017, in partnership with the United Nations, The Global People’s Summit, is an online convening that brings people from around the world together during the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to discuss global challenges and reimagine humanity together. Leveraging technology (a digital platform) we break down the barriers of geography and access, allowing more people to join high-level conversations happening at the UN and connecting like-minded individuals ready to collaborate for a better future.

 The summit is a day-long event that is streamed live online and includes high-level speakers from the UN, business leaders, government officials and activists. Unlike other gatherings during UNGA, the Global People’s Summit, invites people from all over the world to join these leaders in conversations about the Sustainable Development Goals – providing them a platform to engage directly with speakers and other changemakers, tools and resources to develop their own agency and inspiring stories of like-minded individuals creating a difference worldwide.


2017 Featured Speakers

Melissa flemming

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner and Head of Communications, UNHCR

Leilani Munter

Professional Race Car Driver and Environmental Activist

Rt Hon Dr Ruhakana Rugunda

Prime Minister of Uganda

Milana Vayntrub

Actor and Activist

2017 Featured Speaker videos

Aid Fatigue in a Social Media World

Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

An Inclusive Global Development Agenda

Prime Minister of Uganda

Beyond the Numbers of Refugees

Chief Spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency

Blockchain Buzz meets Global Goals

Executive Director of ConsenSys

Big Data For Social Good

Co-founder of Humanitarian Tracker

Mobile for Good

Head of Communications for Qualcomm


  • Spread information about the Sustainable Devleopment Goals (SDGs)
  • Amplify success stories from on the ground of people making a difference
  • Inspire people to become champions of development initiatives and social change
  • Ensure that people around the world have a forum to engage decision makers on today’s most pressing development challenges in their communities
  • Launch calls to action  around the SDGs

Presenting partners

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Foundation
  • UN SDG Action Campaign (UNDP)
  • International Red Cross and Red Crescent Federation

2017 Sponsors