WATCH LIVE: The Solutions Summit at the UN headquarters
A jam-packed evening is planned at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City on Sunday night as the Solutions Summit is set to kick off.
The event aims to combine people and organizations around the world with the resources they need to bring significant change to the world.
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Fourteen women and men from around the world were chosen -- innovators who were chosen through an open and transparent call for applications coordinated by the U.N. Non-Governmental Liaison Service that drew more than 800 submissions from more than 90 countries.
"The Solutions Summit is a catalytic gathering of some of the best and brightest who have developed innovative approaches to the world's most vexing issues," said Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation.
At the summit, the 14 project leaders will discuss how to scale their vision for greater impact with senior policymakers, investors, industry leaders and leaders from the UN, philanthropy and civil society.
"There are already extraordinary people and teams around the world with solutions-in-progress. Using our global human networks and the Internet we can connect in cross-disciplinary ways to collaborate much more quickly -- to scout, share, support and scale these solutions," said Megan Smith, U.S. Chief Technology Officer.
"If we network well with a broad range of skills at the table, we will bring insights, resources and iteration to support breakthrough solution makers -- and accelerate our work to reach the Global Goals," she said.
There are 17 sustainable development goals for which people could apply a solution to and present their work at the summit. They range from:
- No poverty
- Zero hunger
- Good health and well-being
- Quality education
- Gender equality
- Clean water and sanitization
- Affordable and clean energy
- Decent work and economic growth
- Industry, innovation and infrastructure
- Reduced inequalities
- Sustainable cities and communities
- Responsible consumption and production
- Climate action
- Life below water
- Life on land
- Peace and justice; strong institutions
- Partnerships for the goals
The Solutions Summit stresses support of innovators and entrepreneurs across the world as a winning way to advance the Global Goals, the to-do list for a new generation.
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"By making the Global Goals famous, we can give them their best chance of working around the world -- and help make us the first generation to end extreme poverty, the most determined generation in history to end injustice and inequality and the last generation to be threatened by climate change," said Richard Curtis, founder of Project Everyone.
The event will be live-streamed beginning at 6 p.m. EST in the video player at the top of the page. Refresh this page if the video doesn't appear at first.
For more information on the event click here: http://www.solutions-summit.org/